Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Kenyan consumers can now buy the Nokia 500, 502 and 503, the new devices in the Asha range with above 3G connectivity and the much superior Gorilla Glass screen. On the high end is the Asha 503 single SIM device that introduces 3.5G connectivity as well as a scratch resistant, curved Gorilla Glass screen. The device that will retail for Kshs 10,500 also comes with a 5 mega-pixel camera; a LED flash; swipe and one-touch social sharing.The other two devices - the Nokia Asha 502 and 503 - also come with various unique features including the Easy swap dual SIM and the new dual shot design technique that adds to the phones' mono-body design.Also available in the Asha 502 is the five megapixel camera with swipe technology introduced in earlier models that users swipe up from the lock screen to start the camera and touch anywhere on-screen to take a photo with the option to post an image to Facebook or Twitter with just one touch making the camera experience more social. The Asha 502 will retail at Kshs 9700 while the Asha 500 will cost Kshs 7600.

- Airtel Nigeria has launched a social blog which focuses on Technology, Football and Music to further deepen relationship with its telecom subscribers nationwide.The blog covers the latest news in mobile technology, which includes mobile phones, tablets, software applications and even innovative electronic appliances. The blog will also report all interesting information that relates to the Airtel blog. The blog is classified into eight distinct categories: Home, Devices, Apps, Music, Videos, Football, Airtel SelfCare and Airtel News. Airtel Nigeria will also encourage co-creation on the blog as there will be several opportunities for the public to feature their write-ups and articles on the blog. The Telco is offering amazing rewards for the best write-ups which will feature in the blog. This is also in tandem with the company's brand promise of encouraging creativity and empowering Nigerian youth to live up their potentials. Interested writers, especially those with bias for technology writing, should send an email to digital@ng.airtel.com. Subscribers are also encouraged to visit the blog often so as not to miss out on these opportunities that will be coming up from time to time.

- Safaricom lost a 2.4 percent marketshare on mobile internet front from 75.6 percent to 73.2 percent while competitor Airtel gained 1.4 percent shares to 14.3 percent. Other operators Telkom Kenya (Orange) gained 0.9 percent while Essar gained 0.2 percent to 7.3 percent and 5.2 percent respectively.In fixed/terrestrial wireless data subscriptions with Wananchi Online retaining its peak position with a 3.9 percent increase in market share to stand at 43 pervent followed by Liquid Telecom with 16.8 percent and Access Kenya with 12.6 percent. Broadband subscriptions also dropped minimally by 0.1 percent to 1,397,906.