Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Uganda telecom (utl) has completed a $150m (sh246b) project aimed at expanding and improving its network countrywide. Mark Kaheru, the communications manager, said the project, which established 94 new sites, involved doubling the number of base transmission stations.

- Starcomms, Nigeria's 4th largest telecommunications operator has expanding its network based on CDMA- EVDO to cover Benin City. The company will launching its entire product category - Mobile, Talkie, Data, Tele-center Value Added Service.

- Warid Telecom has launched its operations in Lira and Apac in the North of Uganda. The company has also reported 500,000 customers since its launch in January this year.

- The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is testing 'Push to Talk on Cellular' (PoC) service as an early warning system to aid farmers living under the constant threat of elephants from Mount Kenya forest.

- Celtel Kenya has lowered its rate and subscribers will enjoy longer off peak calling hours as well as reduced call charges. The subscribers will now call between 6pm and 6am every weekday and all weekend for Sh3 per minute.

- Fixed line operator, Ghana Telecom (GT) has revealed plans to expand its network and services to northern parts of the Western Region to provide telecoms access and in turn stimulate socio-economic activity in the area. GT intends to invest USD50,000 to ‘hopefully cover considerable portions of the region’, said Emmanuel Adusei Essel, Western Regional Manager of GT.