Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Celtel Nigeria has introduced special payphone or fixed cellular phones into the market. Fixed payphones are aimed at Nigerians especially those who live or work or in places where mobile phone usage is restricted and those who cannot afford mobile phones. Celtel added that the service will considerably push up the government's Universal Access Initiative, which is aimed at increasing access to telecommunications services.

- In Kenya, fixed wireless telecommunication service provider, Flashcom, has reduced its call charges. It becomes the third operator to do so in a month as competition in the business hots up. “With the business plan, a caller will be making up to 18 per cent savings on their landline and mobile calls combined and up to 60 per cent savings on their international calls," said Flashcom CEO, Mr Joe Kimani Kariuki.

- In Madagascar, telecommunication operator Telma has reached half a million mobile subscribers, 18th months after launching its service. This translates into a 15% market share. The group has also 150 000 fixed line subscribers and is the national leader in Internet and ADSL.