Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- One of Nigeria’s GSM operator, MTN, has launched its community telephoning with 650 telephone boxes spread across five states. Launching MTN Community Phone in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, the company's Brand Manager, Mrs Saidat Lawal-Mohammed, said the project was designed for the low income class that cannot afford to buy and maintain handsets.

- The Kenya Power and Lighting Company will introduce an SMS service to inform customers of impending planned electricity supply interruptions.

- MTN Group (MTN) reported that group subscribers grew 53% to 74.1 million in the six months ended June compared with 48.2 million subscribers at June 2007. This was a 21% increase from 61.4 million at end December 2007.