Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has fired a salvo across Apple’s bow by taking its popular enterprise server software into the “cloud” and integrating with it Microsoft’s upcoming Office 365.RIM’s plan to move the enterprise server, which has traditionally been a physical server located within a company’s firewall, into the cloud (the Internet) is about providing choice, says Rory O’Neill senior director of business marketing in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at RIM. Its cloud integration with Microsoft will help its much-anticipated PlayBook compete effectively with Apple’s iPad in the business market.O’Neill says the PlayBook should hit SA shores soon

- In 2010, approximately 7.8 million Kenyans logged onto the Internet, with the figure increasing to 8.6 million in the first quarter of 2011, says Julius Opio, SEACOM's East Africa Chief Executive.

-Tigo Rwanda has introduced a dual SIM handset to save its subscribers the hassle of moving with two phones.The phone, which cost Rwf24,700 is a dual standby, meaning it can switch from SIM 1 to SIM 2 without a hassle. It contains two slots one of which is fixed for a Tigo SIM card and the other open for any other SIM card. The phone also comes with a video camera, still camera, FM radio, Internet, MP3 player, Bluetooth, a memory card slot and a colour screen.

- Dar es Salaam — The growth of the telecommunication sector looks to be heading for a stagnation as the number of new subscribers, registered during the last quarter of 2010, remained minimal despite massive promotional drives among operators. The sector recorded only 386,877 new subscribers in the last quarter of last year compared to more than a million in the previous quarter, according to the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).Until the end of December 2010, Tanzania had a total of 21,158,364 telecom subscribers, a 0.4 per cent growth from 20,771,487 subscribers recorded at the end of September 2010.A total of 1,178,692 new subscribers joined various telecommunication companies during the third quarter of the 2010, TCRA figures indicate. In the same vein, some 1.6 million new subscribers joined the telecommunication market between April, May and June 2010.