Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Cell C is launching two new promotional data packages that offer customers Internet access at less than R9/GB of data, the mobile operator said on Wednesday. It is launching a prepaid product called Giga 200, which offers 50GB of data for use between 6am and midnight and 150GB for use between midnight and 6am when Cell C’s network is under less load. The Giga 200 prepaid Sim-only package will cost R1 799 once-off, with the data valid for a year.

- China-based global ICT solutions provider Huawei Technologies has introduced three smartphone brands and a tablet PC into the Ghanaian communications market, to avail itself of the huge potentials presented by the country’s notable smartphone uptake.

Huawei Technologies presented products including Huawei Ascend P1, Huawei Honor, dual-SIM Huawei Ascend G302D, and a 7-inch tablet, Huawei MediaPad at a pre-launch interview held in the capital Accra. Huawei Honor is described as a perfect smartphone with a 1900 mAh big capacity battery lifespan. The brand is however cheaper than Ascend P1 given its GHC599 retail price. The Media Pad has a powerful processing capacity of 1.2GHz dual core CPU. It will retail at GHC899.

- Microsoft has announced that the full Xbox Music service will be available in South Africa within weeks, presumably placing the long-awaited service on the market in time for Christmas sales. The product would be available on the South African market within the next eight weeks, although an exact date has not yet been released.

- Nigeria’s Visafone Communications will launch what it claims is the first CDMA-based BlackBerry solution in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in partnership with Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM). The two companies have confirmed a range of devices, including the BlackBerry Curve 9310, the BlackBerry Curve 9370 and the BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphones, with pre-booking available from today. Visafone’s CDMA 1xEV-DO network currently covers more than 170 towns and cities across 26 states, and at the end of June 2012 the operator had 2.428 million subscribers on its books, giving it a market share of less than 3%.