Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Nigeria’s Globacom, has crashed call rates for commercial phone operators in selected cities across Nigeria. The package has the lowest calling rate of 22k (US¢0.2) per second for Glo to Glo calls and 24k (US¢0.2) per second for calls to other networks within these key cities. It also has the lowest daily rental of N60 (US$0.51), ensuring that the commercial phone operators who opt for it will truly rule in the market."

- MTN Uganda is to launch a cell phone-borne cash transfer service. The service is inspired by Kenya's M-Pesa, operated by Safaricom which lets people use their cell phones to send and receive money via SMS without any of the burdensome and onerous conditions associated with formal banking.

- Following the launch of its promotion, 0809uchoose, prospective Nigerian subscribers have begun to visit the Etisalat Nigeria website en masse to reserve their special numbers on the Etisalat network.

- MTN Nigeria Limited has launched community phones across Nigeria. The procedure for operating a community phone is as simple. The phone booths are located at designated centers. What a customer needs to do is to buy a specially made SIM card which is very affordable, insert the SIM and start to make his or her call. The tariff comes with flat rate of N22 Naira (US$0.18) per minute to any network.

- Zain Malawi has announced an additional nine coverage sites in the country's central and southern regions. The expansion is part of a USD100 million expenditure plan which began in August with the target of achieving nationwide coverage by the end of 2009.