TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has announced a new set of tariffs, which overall add up to a net increase in charges. As a result, while international calls will continue to fall, line rentals will increase from P60 to P75 and P100 to P125 per month for residential and business clients respectively.

- Mauritania’s Chinguetel has got 8,000 subscribers after two weeks in operation and has hit the ground running, offering coverage to 80% of the population.

- The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) started issuing 1.2 million mobile phone SIM cards under the corporation's "mobile millennium project". According to ETC, over 854,000 of the newly issued cards will be distributed in Addis Ababa. The corporation will also distribute over 70,000 cards to potential customers in Shashemene, Adama, Bishoftu, Dessie, Jima and Nekemte.

-Nigeria's mobile network, Starcomms, has launched an innovation that offers customized ring tones via Short Messaging Systems (SMS) and IVR

- Econet, Zimbabwe's largest cellular telephone network operator has been granted permission to deploy its mobile payphones in Bulawayo on a trial basis.

- The Algerian cellular operator mobilis has launched a BlackBerry wireless internet device for its corporate customers. In the meantime, Algerie Telecom announced that it will build three base stations along the Algeria-Morocco borderline to increase telephone coverage.