Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Zimbabwe's leading cellco Econet Wireless announced that it has reached over five million subscribers. CEO Douglas Mboweni said the total number of subscribers stood at 5.012 million as at 30 November 2010.

-Abuja — GSM service provider, MTN Nigeria, has introduced micro-credit scheme for physically challenged people under its Economic Empowerment Portfolio.Under the scheme, the telecommunication service is setting aside funds under micro-credit scheme to give loans to about 20 beneficiaries in the first phase of the project.

- MTN SA will begin offering firmware and operating system updates for HTC smartphones over the air.Firmware updates can be downloaded directly through a user’s 3G data connection or over Wi-Fi. The updates will include the latest Android software updates.Be warned, though: data charges will apply for updates done over the air. And, given that the Android updates could run into many tens of megabytes, this could prove expensive on certain tariff plans. (Firmware updates will be much smaller.)If downloads are interrupted, they will resume via a recovery mode, so consumers won’t have to restart downloads from scratch.Leaf, which distributes HTC in SA, says the roll-out will extend from the popular Desire to the Wildfire and Hero models early in the new year.

-India’s Bharti Airtel has taken the axe to its tariffs in Nigeria, repeating a recent similar move in Kenya, slashing call rates in the West African nation by half, to just 12 naira (R0,55) a minute.

-Luanda — Two shops of the mobile-phone company Movicel were reopened Thursday, here, as part changes of CDMA system for GSM network.