Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- During an interview with local newspaper, the East African, Yesse Oenga, the Uganda’s country manager of Zain mobile said that his company was about to launch a money transfer service that will see its customers send and receive money over the borderless network. Uganda currently has a steadily growing immigrant labour force in several countries of the Middle East -- where Zain's One Network is operational in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Bahrain among others -- and this could translate into a growth and revenue stream for the telecom giant. Oenga also said that Zain also wants to go into the growing data segment as well as cable TV.

- Nigeria’s telco operator, Starcomms Plc has launched its network in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, bringing their total network coverage to over 20 cities across the nation.

- In Uganda, Warid Telecom has now turned to giving additional airtime to subscribers on its network for receiving calls. Subscribers on the network now receive Shs50 worth of airtime per minute for each call they receive from other networks including; MTN, Zain Uganda, Uganda Telecom as well as incoming calls from abroad. The bonus airtime received can be used to make calls to Warid and other networks.

- Zimbabwe’s mobile operator Econet Wireless has reported a 41 percent increase in the number of subscribers for the six months to August. It has a connected customer base of 910 047 maintaining its commanding 60 percent share of the mobile phone market.