TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Algeria's first cell phone operator, Mobilis, has launched its the BlackBerry service. According to Mobilis' senior executives, BlackBerry allows to carry out and receive phone calls, surf the Internet and have access to Intranet while travelling.

- The second quarter of 2007 saw no change to the ranking of the four Tanzanian operators in terms of customer numbers, with Vodacom remaining the dominant player followed by Celtel, Millicom and Zanzibar Telecom. The total customer base in Tanzania increased by 2.3 million in the year to Q2 2007 to reach 6.7 million at the end of the quarter, with penetration at 17.6%, a similar level to that of its neighbours Zambia and Mozambique.

- The Sudanese operator, MobiTel, has implemented a SMS anti-spam solution from Tango Telecom in order to address the growing effects of spam and malware on their network and on their subscribers.