Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Mobile phone operator, Essar Telecom has unveiled a new offer that allows its subscribers to make free on-net calls between 6am and 6pm, as the scramble for users intensifies in Kenya.

- Airtel Tanzania Limited has extended its rural coverage by launching affordable communication services in Ruvuma Region in Tanzania.

- Airtel Sierra Leone, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, has expanded coverage of its wireless network to Sahn Malen in the Pujehun District in the south of Sierra Leone.

- Orange Uganda has launched sub-Saharan Africa’s first HD voice service in Uganda. HD calls limit the interference of background sounds with noise reduction technology and eliminate the cracks and hisses.

- Lars Reichelt, ex-CEO of Cell C  that the South African third mobile operator has covered over 60% of the South African population with their HSPA+ network.

- Mobile web browser Opera has announced the launch of Opera 11.50 with language support for Swahili and Zulu.

­- Tigo Ghana lost nearly a million customers between February to June 2011, according to data from the National Communications Authority (NCA), as collected from the mobile networks. The data showed that Tigo's subscriber base dropped from 4.136 million in February to 3.223 million in June - a loss of 913,191 subscribers. Rival network Mtn gained just under 600,000 new customers, taking them to 8.967 million subscribers, while Vodafone gained 544,880 subscribers to take its base to 3.426 million. Expresso the only CDMA network in the country also lost 6,631 subscribers to end the period with 220,920 customers.

- Ethiopia's monopoly mobile network, Ethio Telecom says that it has registered a remarkable increase in the number of mobile subscribers over the past weeks, and has now exceeded 10 million subscribers. The total customer base, including fixed line and internet subscribers now reaches 11.3 million.