Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Zain (formerly MTC Group) has launched a free international roaming service across its GSM mobile networks in Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq and Sudan. Under Zain’s ‘One Network’ service, pre- and post-paid customers can make calls and send SMS at local rates in all four countries, and receive incoming calls free of charge.

- Kenya’s President Kibaki hinted that the Government is reviewing tax on airtime with the aim of reducing it from the current 26 per cent. The assurance could mean that the Finance minister may effect the proposals in this year's Budget.

- Telecom Namibia has announced that its CDMA 1x data service (or 1xRTT) now has the ability to data roam nationwide. According to Paulus Iipinge, Telecom Namibia’s Senior Manager: Internet Services, anyone in possession of a CDMA2000 1x data modem or phone from Telecom Namibia can now connect to the Internet in any town in Namibia, if there is CDMA SWITCH coverage.

- Celtel has deepened its presence in Hoima District with a new concept to improve the communications needs of Tullow Oil, the company exploring oil in western Uganda. Celtel has a commissioned a mobile base station, the first of its kind in Uganda, at Butiaba along Lake Albert. The base station, hoisted on a truck will be moving to provide coverage to the new drilling areas.

- Telecom Namibia has announced that its CDMA 1x data service (or 1xRTT) now has the ability to data roam nationwide. According to Paulus Iipinge, Telecom Namibia’s Senior Manager: Internet Services, anyone in possession of a CDMA2000 1x data modem or phone from Telecom Namibia can now connect to the Internet in any town in Namibia, if there is CDMA SWITCH coverage.

- Celtel Burkina Faso is celebrating its 1 million users. The mobile operator started operations back in 2001 and competes with Telmob, the national incumbent mobile’s arm and Telecel.