Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage
- South Africa’s mobile operator, MTN, has become the first cellular network company in the world to introduce fluctuating fees that could see users save up to 95% if they are in a low-traffic area at a low-usage time. Discounts of 5% -35% will be more commonplace as sophisticated new software developed by the company calculates how much bandwidth is spare and lowers the price to encourage people to make more calls and to lure "millions" of users from competitors.
- Morocco had 20.029 million mobile subscribers at the end of 2007 up by 25.1% compared to the previous year (16.005 million). The penetration rate has reached 65.66% with Maroc Telecom’s market share standing at 66.54% and Meditel at 33.46%.
- Mobile operator Vodacom has started to attract new users to its mobile social networking platform called ‘The Grid’. Currently in beta testing, The Grid, when activated, displays the user’s approximate position on a local street map on their phone, locates friends in the neighbourhood and allows them to leave multimedia messages connected to the places they visit via virtual map tags.