Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Residents of Lule zone in Rubaga Division in Uganda have opposed the erection of a telecommunication mast in their area. "The zone is a densely populated residential area and, therefore, the construction of the mast will have a negative impact on the lives of the people living there," a letter by the residents to the managing director of Orange Telecom read.

- Subscribers of the newly re-branded telecommunication company, Rwandatel will roam with telecoms in 70 different countries by April this year. The service is currently active in Uganda with Uganda Telecom (UTL) and in Libya with Al-Madar, and Belgium as well.

- MTN Cameroon announced the launching of its Voice SMS or SMS Vocal service.

The Voice SMS will permit MTN clients to send voice messages instead of written messages.

- ­Econet Wireless's newest network, in Kenya is reported to have signed up 200,000 subscribers since it launched last November - and is aiming for one million customers by the middle of the year. Econet Wireless trades under the Yu brand in the country.