Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Safaricom has launched a new promotion Wakenya Tuongee with discounts of up to 75% on their calling rates.The customers pay Kshs. 4 for the first minute of their call, Kshs.3 for calls between 1 and 2 minutes and Kshs. 2 for the calls that last between 2 and 3 minutes. Calls that last for more than 3 minutes will be charged at Ksh. 1.It runs from the 24th of July to 23rd of August 23 2012 and will only apply to Pre-Paid customers making Safaricom-to-Safaricom calls from 6am to 6pm. Customers will be required to subscribe to the it by dialing *777# to enjoy the promotion which will be charged on a per second billing basis.

- Airtel, launched the 'Super 10' product and the 'Smile with Airtel Volume2' on Monday July 23. The double launching which attracted over 200 Airtel retailers also had winners of past promotions conducted by the telco in attendance. The product was named Super 10 because of its added value. With this product, subscribers can now buy just 10 units credit for just Le 400 and out of that one can make two Airtel to Airtel calls and send one SMS and also for any 10 units bought under the super 10, you'll receive 20 units.The product is a permanent offer. Despite all the goodies of the new product, subscribers will be able to do the 'Me2U' top up system under the new product.  The subscribers will automatically be enrolled for the promotion with only 400 units in a week.

- Vodacom's M-pesa has launched a new offer that enables its users to receive 1,000/- bonus airtime every time they purchase Luku through the e-money service. Vodacom Tanzania said that the new airtime bonus on purchase of Luku would be available for use for two days, including the day of the recharge, and will be used for on-net calling and national SMS services. The offer aims at enticing customers to use the service, which he described as fast and secure, in not only sending and receiving money but also paying utility bills.

- According to The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) at the end of June 2012, Rwanda has 4,759,130 wireless subscribers, up from 4,453,711 three months previously. The regulator had previously projected that the number will increase to more than six million by the end of the year, although at the current growth rate this appears unlikely. The country’s newest operator, Airtel, added 55,000 customers in May and a further 55,000 in June, outstripping its rivals MTN (46,000 net additions in June) and Tigo (38,800 net additions in June).

- Telecoms Networks Malawi (TNM) Limited has announced that it will be increasing base tariff by an average of 19.5% from August 1, 2012.