Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Cell One, Namibia’s second mobile operator has started offering mobile Internet. The service will be available country-wide and the service will be charged on the amounts of uploads and downloads, regardless of the length of time spent online. Customers can surf the Internet for as little as N$1 per megabyte," announced the company. The company also announced that they have reached an agreement with South African cellular service operator Vodacom, to partner data roaming for all Cell One clients.

- Zimbabwe’s mobile operator, Econet Wireless, has introduced a prepayment system for its contract line subscribers effective April 1, to help it fight inflation. Subscribers will now be required to prepay a bill equivalent to the previous month's usage as prepayment for the following month.

- As Safaricom’s IPO carries on in Kenya, it was revealed that the subscribers figures given by the mobile operator in its prospectus issued for the ongoing initial public offering includes inactive users. It suggests that the subscriber base gap between it and its only rival, Celtel, may be much smaller than recent estimates.

- Eritrea’s mobile operator Eritel has announced the expansion of its network to the Southern Red Sea region, especially the town of Assab and its surrounding. 16 new towers along with the necessary communication equipments have been installed.

- Liberian mobile operator Cellcom has completed the upgrade of its network to GPRS/EDGE to offer data services. The service will be free for one month until the end of the trial period.

- The subsciber base of Etisalat, the UAE's leading telecommunication services provider, has reached 63 million, the company has announced. Company chairman Mohammad Hasan Omran also told Gulf News that Etisalat plans to compete for the fixed line licence in Egypt, and expand its operations in Tanzania to up to two million subscribers by the end of 2008, compared to the present 800,000 subscribers.