TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Zimbabwe’s telecommunications group NetOne has started erecting new base stations in resort centres to improve communications and help ease congestion ahead of the Fifa World Cup scheduled for South Africa in 2010. Work has already begun with the commissioning of the second mobile switching centre in the country's second largest city Bulawayo.

- Nigeria’s mobile operator, Globacom announced a subscriber base of 15 million with over 12 million active subscriber-base as it gets set to formally launch its third numbering platform, 0705.

- Virgin Mobile has become the first network in SA to offer its customers protection from cellphone viruses. The company is working with Dubai-based company Lighthouse to offer Norton software that blocks bugs transmitted via e-mail, multimedia messages, downloads from memory cards or by Bluetooth or infrared connections.

- Celtel Malawi has announced that its GPRS mobile packet data service is now ready for a commercial launch following a successful two month, 1,000 user test phase. The billing model will be based on customer usage and not connection time.