Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- At a media demonstration of its soon to-be-launched 3G network, Zamtel Managing Director Hans Paulsen said that it would lay and switch on 185 3G mobile sites along the line of rail and another 485 sites of 2.5G network across the country to eat into the market that it was not servicing with advanced network.

- Nigeria’s CDMA operator, Visafone said that plans are underway for it to deploy additional 200 new retail outlets across the six geopolitical zones of the country to bring its services nearer to the people.

- Kenneth Oyolla, the Nokia general manager for East and Southern Africa, said that 30 per cent of all mobile phones sold in Uganda are counterfeits, compared to 10 per cent in Kenya. Nokia, he said losses about $15 million monthly in the Kenyan market while the figure is higher in Uganda and Tanzania. "Counterfeits are putting a lot of pressure on our sales," Mr Oyolla said. For instance, a genuine Nokia E71 costs $230 while the counterfeited one goes for about $50.

- Nigeria’s mobile operator, Globacom has launched a new dynamic tariff plan that offers discounts to subscribers anytime, anywhere across the country. Glo Flexi, the new tariff plan offers up to 99 per cent discount on calls made, depending on the time of day and geographical location of the subscriber. Glo’s dynamic pricing scheme will compete with market leader MTN Zone product.

- LG Electronics (LG) has unveiled its new Android Smartphone, LG Optimus Black into the Kenyan market. According to George Mudhune, LG Regional Marketing Manager, East and Central Africa the P970 LG Optimus Black is now trading at Ksh.40,000 (US$439) and available in all major shop outlets across Kenya.

- South Africa’s third cellular network operator Virgin Mobile says low data tariffs and voice calls charges were not sustainable and warned charges would rise. Responding to questions, Virgin Mobile Chief Strategist and Marketing Officer, Jonathan Newman, said that the current low voice call and data tariffs were a result of promotional competition among mobile companies, arguing that prices would go up soon.