Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Rwandatel the country's incumbent telecom operator, that has just launched its 3G, GSM technology is targeting more than 600,000 mobile subscribers by end of 2009.

- Zimbabwe’s sole fixed line operator, TelOne, is reportedly planning to start rolling out fully mobile CDMA2000 technology. TelOne is relying on CDMA to provide a means of low-cost network rollouts in the face of Zimbabwe’s disastrous economic decline, and has recently admitted it has scaled down its operations in the face of chronic shortages of both electricity and backup fuel.

- The French telecom company Orange announced the commercial launch of its service "Orange Money" in Côte d'Ivoire, the first country to benefit from this service within Africa.