Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The residents of Hagaz town in Eritrea have got now access to mobile phone service. Previously, they used to travel for 24 km to access telephone service in Keren, thus compelling them to waste considerable amount of money and time.

- Zimbabwean GSM operator Econet Wireless is aiming to increase its network capacity beyond its previously announced target of 1.2 million subscriber lines by the end of this year, reports IT News Africa. Econet’s corporate communications manager, Rangarirai Mberi, said that the company is working closely with its technical partners including Ericsson and ZTE to complete the current phase of expansion, whilst ‘work is already under way for further expansion to drive capacity beyond this level.’

- Kenyan consumers will welcome the country’s second M-money product as soon as next week as Zain lays ground to enter the market. Sources at Zain told Business Daily that the service dubbed Zap is now ready and top officials of the Kuwaiti-owned firm are expected to jet into the country anytime for its official launch.

- Psitek has launched the GPRS-Based Point-of-Sale Terminal Launches in South Africa. Dubbed, Timpa, the POS works wirelessly via GPRS with a SIM card, and features a built-in antenna, printer and rechargeable battery, making it a portable all-in-one POS terminal.