Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage
- Five months after it launched the 2Good plan, Airtel Nigeria has introduced a new tariff plan which offers very affordable call rates and sets a new benchmark for value offering in the industry. The new tariff offer, the Airtel Big Family package allows existing and new customers to make On-Net calls at 15 Kobo per second and Off-Net calls at 30 Kobo per second, after the first minute call of the day at 60 Kobo per second, upon migration to the plan.
- Namibian mobile operator Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) is beating bigger operators to the punch by being the first to bring the iPad 2 tablet to the Southern African country.
- Starcomms, one of Nigeria’s CDMA operator announced in Lagos that it has spent over N1.4 billion ($9 million) in network expansion in ten targeted cities across the country, promising to invest more in other cites where it hoped to come alive soon. The cities include Gwagwalada, Jaji, Suleja, Ikot Ekpene, Oron, Maiduguri , Umuahia, Tinapa and Agbor.
- In South Africa, Telkom’s new mobile operator, 8ta, will introduce per-second billing for prepaid customers from 15 May. Until now, calls were billed per-minute.
- Gabonese GSM operator Libertis, controlled by Morocco’s Maroc Telecom, has reported a quarter-on-quarter reduction in its mobile subscriber base from 699,000 to 398,000 in the three months ended 31 March 2011. The cellco, a part of formerly state-run Gabon Telecom, performed a ‘clean-up’ of its subscriber base (typically involving removal of inactive customer accounts) in the first quarter, which its parent company said ‘gave rise to terminations’, although no further details were disclosed in its 1Q11 report.