Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Celtel Uganda has also introduced a new rate plan for pre-paid customers, giving them more choice and flexibility. On the Chacha plan, per second billing will be at sh7 during peak period (8am - 5pm) and sh5 during the off-peak period (9pm -12am & 5am - 8am) only for calls within the Celtel network. The Mambo plan provides a competitively priced per minute rate charged at sh300 for calls within the Celtel network and sh340 to other networks all day and night.

- Globacom Nigeria, one of the leading GSM operators has said it is currently working on a scheme that will add 1,500 new base stations to its network nation wide. It has also said it is increasing its network switch capacity to accommodate 35 million subscribers before the end of this year.

- Vodafone has announced today that it has signed an agreement to take Apple's iPhone to ten new markets around the globe, including Egypt and India.

- Despite recurrent quality of service issues, Nigeria’s telecoms sector is doing well. The nation’s subscriber base has increased to 60,941,434 as of March 2008. GSM operators took the lion’s share with 57,622,901, while mobile Code Multiple Division Access CDMA recorded 780,938 and fixed wired/wireless recorded 2,537,504 lines. The total active subscriber base was put at 45,899,711, up from 42,915,867 recorded in January. Out of this total, GSM recorded 43, 786,542 active lines, mobile CDMA, 567,185 and fixed wired/wireless 1,545,984.

- Mi-Fone's will launch next month a range of ultra low cost mobile phones in Kenya. The various mobile phone will retail at between US dollars 25 to 60.

- In Zimbabwe, mobile network providers are pushing for a new tariff increase barely a week after the National Incomes and Pricing Commission (NIPC) approved a 1 000% review on their charges.