Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Mixed reactions have greeted Safaricom's 9pm-6am free calls offer in Kenya with subscribers complaining their calls are not going through after 9pm. Safaricom CEO, Michael Joseph, said in a statement "We advise our subscribers to stagger their calls within the nine hours (9pm - 6am) of the free talk time allocated. These measures will ease the overload and allow our subscribers to enjoy the promotion”.

- Vodacom Tanzania has introduced its 3G service in Arusha after an initial launch in Dar es Salaam and Dodoma.

- In a renewed drive aimed at market leadership in the Nigerian telecom market space, Reltelwireless, one of Nigeria's telecommunications solutions provider has announced about 50 percent price reductions plus a week free Internet subscription on its premium products, HTC - Touch, HTC - Mogul, Motorola Q and Treo 700P as it promises lower international call rates to subscribers.

- Local newspaper the Zimbabwean reports that mobile tariffs have gone up by more than 1,500%. Reflecting the rampant inflation being suffered by the beleaguered country, NetOne subscribers will now have to part with ZWD58 million per minute for a call to other NetOne users during peak periods – a significant sum to locals but just a tenth of a dollar in US dollar terms – while calls to customers on the Econet and Telecel networks will be charged at ZWD60 million per minute and ZWD72 million per minute respectively. Telecel has also reviewed its tariffs, and calls to users on its own network are now ZWD50 million, while to customers on other networks the figure is ZWD63 million.

- Cote d’Ivoire cellular operator Moov has launched the country’s first national mobile network after teaming up with satellite phone operator Thuraya. The Moovsatellite service will offer mobile coverage in areas which are not currently served by Moov’s own GSM network.

- In Kenya local loop operator, Flashcom, has introduced the lowest network rates yet.

Making calls to Telkom wireless or land line using Flashcom is now Sh5, Sh0.50 cheaper than Telkom wireless, which charges Sh5.50 for the intra network calls.

The flat rate tariff of Sh40 per day will allow its subscribers to make unlimited intra network calls and Sh10 per minute for cross network calls.