Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- As part of its corporate social responsibility, Africell Lintel Sierra Leone limited has provided free toll lines to the national fire force (NFF) to be used by members of the public in case of an emergency

- Rwandatel is set to launch its prepaid service up-country this month. According to Cleophas Kabasiita, the public relations officer of Rwandatel, the company is currently putting up base stations up-country to facilitate subscribers' access its network.

- Samsung was not the only company showing a solar-powered cell phone at the GSMA World Congress. Chinese manufacturer ZTE launched a green model of its own. Created with Digicel and Intivation, the Coral-200-Solar is designed for emerging markets where electricity may not be readily available. It should be available in June.

- Orange Guinea Conakry and Ericsson are deploying more than 100 base stations fully powered by solar energy, connecting remote rural parts of the country. Ericsson's hybrid diesel-battery energy solution replaces one of a site's diesel generators with a bank of specially designed batteries that can handle a large amount of charging and discharging. This self-contained power solution can be set to meet the batteries' optimal charging and discharging levels, extending the lifetime of the battery and the generator, and reducing energy-related costs by about 50 percent.

- Mobile-XL, a USA based mobile technology company has announced a collaboration with Nokia to start embedding its SMS based browser in mobile phones for selected African markets. As early as March 2009, a select series of Nokia handsets shipping into Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania will be equipped with the firms XLBrowser software service.

- Mobile subcribers in Egypt increased 38% in 2008 and spread of mobile improved about 55%.

- Millicom Ghana Limited, operators of Tigo mobile network launched an electronic unit transfer system dubbed; "Top and Go" to offer convenience and flexibility to its retailers and subscribers. The service, which is for recharging of subscriber prepaid accounts allows for all sales transactions to be automated making it possible for subscribers to recharge their accounts without visiting retail sale points