Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Six months after launching commercial operations, Nigeria’s telco Visafone has hit the one-million subscribers mark. The company’s current coverage area has grown to 17 states, over 150 towns and slightly over one million subscribers. In a separate announcement, Glo Mobile is said to have reached 20 million mobile subscribers.

- According to AllAfrica.com, President Paul Kagama has made a video call over Rwandatel's new 3G network. The operator – currently testing UMTS services ahead of its official launch next month – says it has so far constructed 80 base stations out of 154 to be deployed nationwide. The money behind the rollout is coming from Libyan company Lap Green, which acquired an 80% stake in Rwandatel in October 2007. The investor has promised to spend US$317 million over 15 years to improve telecoms in Rwanda, including US$87 million in the first year.