Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Ghana’s regulator NCA announced that mobile operators have until the end of this month to begin implementing a mandatory system of registering pre-paid SIM cards. The NCA’s new rules call for identification of all buyers of pre-paid cards from October, bringing the country in line with some other countries where removing anonymity for pay-as-you-go users is seen as vital in the fight against terrorism and drug-trafficking.

- Mozambique mobile operator by subscribers, mCel, has announced a 12.4% price hike on its services, effective 1 October. M-Cel’s rival Vodacom Mozambique is understood to be imposing a similar price increase.

- Celtel announced that its Nigerian operation, which had eight million subscribers at the end of June 2007, intends to upgrade its entire GSM network to GPRS and increase coverage to 90% of the country by the end of 2007.

- Telecom Namibia will from October 1 reduce some of its domestic and international telephone tariffs to make them more competitive. They will be reduced by an average of 14 percent; the reduction will be applicable for calls to both fixed and mobile international destinations. This will include charges of calls to countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, the US, Spain, Australia, France, Kenya, Angola, Germany, Portugal and the rest of the world. Charges for calls to SA, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe will remain unchanged.