Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Western Union has announced that consumers can now send money directly to the mobile "wallets" of Safaricom M-PESA subscribers in Kenya from 45 countries and territories - the first service of its kind in the world.

- MTN Rwanda, the country's leading mobile operator by market share, has launched a service that will enable its subscribers to purchase cash power (electricity credit) using their mobile phones. In a related development, MTN recently partnered with Vision Finance Company to activate a customer loan repayment facilitate through MTN Mobile Money.

- In Nigeria, Etisalat has announced a review of its currently running Easylife proposition of 25kobo per second at a minimal daily charge of N20 per day. The new Easylife 2.0 proposition now costs 20kobo per second to all networks in Nigeria and the USA and all landlines in the UK.

- In Kenya, customers of Essar Telecoms yUCash can now make withdrawals at Equity ATMs countrywide following a partnership between the two for the card-less ATM withdrawal service. This will provide yUCash clients with a faster and convenient access to their funds without having to visit a YU outlet.