Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

MTN Nigeria says it will discontinue SIM swaps by proxy effective from June 7, 2013, stating that after this date, customers who wish to 'swap' or replace their SIM cards as a result of their phones being stolen, destroyed or misplaced must do so in person.

Zimbabwe has raised the country’s mobile telecommunication licence fees by 37% to USD137 million from the USD100 million previously paid by operators, All Africa reported. The government also extended the fees tenure from 15 years to 20 years. Zimbabwe’s Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Minister Nicholas Goche announced at a journalists’ briefing in Harare that the increase was an adjustment to the outdated licensing procedure, passed over 15 years ago.

According to the updated pricing model, the operators also have to pay an annual licence fee of 2% of their audited annual gross revenue, while contributing 0.5% of the audited annual gross turnover to the Universal Services Fund. Further, the operators have to pay frequency spectrum allocation fees in accordance with their requirements. Mr Goche stated that payment plans would be agreed upon between the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and mobile operators.

Flickswitch announced that it has launched its direct airtime recharge service in numerous African countries, complementing its existing SIM management services in South Africa, reports MyBroadband. CEO Kees Snijders said the need for SIM management services north of South Africa is driven by many of the firm's existing clients who have expanded their services to other countries. Snijders added that they have plans to add a roaming solution to the product range, which will offer reasonable rates and near-real-time reporting.