Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- In South Africa’s Vodacom has announced that it will start selling mobile advertising. Text adverts will be sold on Please Call Me, its free call-back service that generates up to 20 million messages a day and reaches both the lower and higher end of the market. Banner adverts will be sold on the company's mobile Internet portals - Vodacom4me and Vodafone live! - that draw a total of 1.4 million users per month. The ads will offer consumers an optional click-through to a mobile website, allowing them to decide if they want to engage further with the brand.

- Pan African operator, Celtel International has expanded its roaming free service, 'One Network' to include Burkina Faso, Chad, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria and Sudan. These countries now join the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in the network which was initially launched in September 2006.

- Subscribers of the Nigerian Mobile Telecommunication Limited, (Mtel) are now to enjoy unlimited free Mtel to Mtel calls and Short Messaging Service (SMS) in a new offering designed to reward loyal customers and new subscribers on its network.

- Angolan mobile operator MSTelcom has signed with Intelsat for satellite capacity in order to extend GSM coverage.

- In Algeria, the national rate of overall telephone teledensity (fixed and mobile telephony) exceeded 80% in late September against 5.28% in 1999.