Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Nigeria's lead in Africa's telecom growth rate continued on the rise as statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission showed that the nation recorded 53,332,149 Million Active Lines on the network as at end of June 2008.This figure has pushed Nigeria's teledensity to 38.09 per cent, which translates to about 38 phones to 100 of Nigerian population of more than 140 million.

- One of Liberia's leading GSM providers, Comium has launched two sites in Weala and Salala districts in Bong County.

- Warid Uganda has crossed the 750,000 customer mark, just six months after its launch in February 2008. According to Tushar Maheshwari, the Chief Operating Officer of Warid, his company has a presence in all major cities, towns and villages, and has coverage of all main highway routes.

- Nigeria’s Globacom rolled out its services in 96 towns and villages across 23 states of the Federation.

- Vodafone Egypt announces today new roaming agreements with STC and du in the UAE. The new agreements provide Vodafone Egypt's customers with some of the lowest roaming prices, according to the company.

- In Côte d’Ivoire, the regulator (Atci) is planning to introduce a cost based method to fix interconnections prices between mobile operators (4 operational at the moment) and hopes to get the current price per minute of CFA francs 57 (US$0.13) down to CFA francs 40-45 (US$0.09-0.10) by 2009.