Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Airtel Tanzania Limited has launched communication services in Lake Zone and Manyara over the weekend.

- Airtel Kenya will unveil the 3G mobile Internet technology in September. Managing director Rene Meza said the firm will complete technical and billing tests in Nairobi and Mombasa in the next two months, setting the stage for the launch that is expected to offer consumers more choices on the segment.

- The National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana has published its latest market trends report for the fixed and mobile market, showing that the total number of mobile phones reached 19.199 million at the end of June, up from 17.436 million in January 2011. Meanwhile, the fixed line user base remained relatively stable overall at 280,711, compared to 276,808 in January, despite climbing to 293,429 in May this year.

The leading mobile operator by subscribers at the mid-year point was MTN Ghana with 9.562 million registered users up from 8.869 million in January. Second-placed Tigo counted 4.102 million subscriptions at end-June the NCA said, down from a high of nearly 4.136 million in February, while third spot was taken by Vodafone with 3.436 million (2.810 million in January). Bharti’s recently rebranded Airtel service had 1.888 million accounts by mid-2011, up from 1.583 million in January and sole CDMA network Expresso experienced a loss of around 24,000 subscribers in the same period for an end-June total of 220,920.