TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

- In Rwanda, MTN has also promises to cut their tariff rates to more affordable levels after the government reduced the excise duty on airtime by 3 per cent.

- Lap Green, the Libyan firm that has taken over Rwandatel has promised to scrap cross-border roaming fee on calls between users in Uganda and Rwanda. The move comes shortly after MTN scrapped the fees in Kenya and Uganda and Rwanda.

- Mobile operator Celtel announced that its subscriber base has hit 10 million in Nigeria.

- In Benin, mobile operator MTN has announced that its mobile internet service is ready to be launched commercially. The service is based on GPRS technology

- Ericsson has announced it is opening an office in Lusaka, Zambia.

- In Mauritius, the announced rate cuts on calls made from mobile to fixed lines has been postponed until the beginning of December as the telecoms companies are still negotiating interconnection rates with the Information & Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA).

- Angola’s mobile operator Unitel is introducing video calling service branded “vídeo-chamada".