Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- South Africa ISP Afrihost started a two-for-one offer on top-ups for its mobile data service. Afrihost's standard top-up rate is ZAR 99 per GB, so the new offer makes this ZAR 49.50 per GB. The 2-for-1 Topups will be available from mid-September and will run at certain times each month until the end of the year, at which point the offer may be extended. The offer applies to top-ups online or over the mobile app or SMS.

- Vodafone Egypt has called on Sweden’s Ericsson to deploy its Ericsson Mobile Broadband Charging (MBC) solution, which the vendor claims will provide up to ten million users with ‘a vast array of data options and more flexible on-demand subscriptions’. The MBC solution will reportedly allow Vodafone Egypt’s mobile subscribers to personalise both pre- and post-paid data tariffs in real time, and with it being integrated into the cellco’s existing Ericsson Charging System it will offer flexibility for customers to adapt their calling plans to best suit their needs. In announcing the deal, Ericsson noted that the system has already been fully implemented for all of Vodafone Egypt’s pre-paid data users, while saying it would be rolled out for post-paid subscribers ‘soon’.

- Mobile top-up service iSend and African mobile group Africell have collaborated to provide instant mobile airtime recharging services with instant verification at no extra cost for subscribers in Sierra Leone and Gambia or their family/friends whether situated in the country or abroad.

- Mobile phone operator, Etisalat Nigeria, has disclosed that from September 1st to November 30th 2013, its new and existing customers travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform the holy pilgrimage would enjoy discounted rates on local calls in Saudi Arabia, calls to Nigeria, SMS and data services respectively.