Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Vodacom has cut the out-of-bundle price for its 10 GB data package subscribers to 50c per MB, a 50% reduction on the previous R 1.00 per MB. The out-of-bundle rate for other data packages remain the same.Telkom has recently launched their 7.2 Mbps HSDPA service, undercutting MTN and Vodacom’s data bundle prices and offering an out-of-bundle rate of 30c per MB. Neotel’s out-of-bundle rate of 8c per MB is the lowest in the market, and has been described as ‘way below cost’ by some observers close to the cellular operators.

- Mobile networks now reach 109 of Mozambique's 128 districts, compared with 73 in 2004, equating to 85% coverage. The fixed network has also grown, but only slightly. Zucula said that in 2004 there were 75,256 subscribers and this figure rose to 78,324 in the first half of 2008, which was explained by geographical expansion. Fixed line operator TDM’s network currently covers 116 districts, compared to 68 in 2004.

- Starcomms had over shot the two million subscriber base mark by hitting 2.2 million in subscriber base.