Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- In a bid to boost services to its over 15 million subscribers nationwide, Celtel Nigeria, one of the nation's leading telecommunications companies, has inaugurated a new ultra-modern Switch worthUS $6 million in Enugu State. The switch, installed to service its south-east population is the fourth of such to be provided across the country.

- Warid Telecom has launched a promotion dubbed "Mega Bonus" in which all subscribers can make free calls all day. The company which launched in Uganda in 2007, claims it has 650,000 subscribers.

- Reltelwireless, one of the leading telecommunications solutions provider has announced that it has reached the 1.5 million subscriber mark, making it the largest CDMA operator in Nigeria.

- As part of a new alliance initiative, Etisalat will offer special rates for customers roaming in two of its group networks Egypt's Etisalat Misr and Saudi Arabia's Mobily

- Celtel Kenya, the mobile telephony operator, has entered into a partnership with Magadi Soda. The deal follows the expansion of Celtel's network to the Lake Magadi region. Under the partnership, Magadi Soda staff will now make calls at preferential rates.

- Mobile-XL, a California-based technology company offering mobile applications has partnered with Fonexpress, a Kenyan retail chain of ICT products and services to provide content and added value services. Kenya is the first of eight African markets that the company is preparing to launch into.

- has launched mobile short message and multimedia messaging services (SMS and MMS) in Sudan through a joint venture with ADU Communication Technology, a telecommunications specialist in Sudan. Recent projects launched under the new services include the LAKI and Women in Islam channels and full coverage of Euro 2008 via SMS and MMS. Additional services being planned comprises of ringtones, Java games and the introduction of ‘Magalati', the first SMS magazine in the country.