Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

-Airtel Zambia has registered 1.3 million subscribers for Airtel Money of which more than 60 per cent are active users. Ms Lumpa said the company targeted to reach half-a-million transactions of its 1.3 million subscribers registered on the Airtel Money service by the end of this year. Ms Lumpa said Airtel Money had expanded customers’ flexibility in consumption habits without necessarily having physical cash.

- The number of mobile subscribers in Kenya dipped from 30.731 million to 29.849 million between January and March this year, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced. The decline was mainly attributed to the de-activation of around 2.4 million unregistered SIM cards during the quarter. Safaricom continues to comfortably dominate the wireless market, with 19.421 million users, placing it well ahead of Airtel Kenya (5.052 million) and Essar Telekom Kenya (3.247 million). Telkom Kenya (Orange) brings up the rear meanwhile, with 2.127 million subscribers, representing a 14.4% decline quarter-on-quarter. Wananchi Telecom, which offers triple-play services under the ‘Zuku’ brand name, leads the fixed broadband market, with 31,955 customers as at 31 March 2013.

-Nokia and Microsoft have announced the availability of a new range of Islamic and Ramadan applications on the Windows 8 platform. The new range of Islam and Ramadan relevant applications can now be downloaded directly from the Windows Phone Store on the Nokia Lumia range of smartphones and includes feature packed Ramadan Kareem, Quran Mojawed, Muslim Prayers and Essential Duas. According to Nokia's head of developer engagement, innovation and corporate relations for East Africa Moses Sitati, there has been an increase in the number of apps being developed specifically on religion. This trend is reflecting in both the Nokia Store and Windows Store.

- Following the recent release of the number of subscribers that have ported from one network to the other, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the weekend released the total number of data subscribers on the telecoms operators' networks, totalling 57.7 million. Of the 57.7 million connected data subscribers in June, 48.3 million were active, while 38.3 million were active data subscribers in May. A breakdown of the 48.3 million active data subscribers showed that MTN, which has the largest number of voice subscribers, also led in data subscription with 24.5 million active subscribers in June on its data network. Airtel came a distant second with 9.2 million data subscriptions, followed by Globacom with 9.1 million data subscribers and Etisalat with 5.1 million on its network. Among Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators, Visafone leads the group with 127,399 data subscribers, followed by Starcomms with 23,167 data subscribers and MultiLinks with 16,190 subscribers on its network.

-Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) has reduced its tariffs charged on data services effective from this month. US$ 450 per month for wholesale customers from US$ 900 a month. Under the same review, dedicated Broadband customers will enjoy double their current speed at the same price they used to pay. According to Mr Ernest, the changes will benefit more than 40,000 TTCL internet customers in the country and other corporate customers connected to the company's national fibre optic cable.