Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Celtel Nigeria has spent around NGN8.6 billion (USD69 million) on the expansion of its network over the last twelve months with the completion the transmission backbone from the South West to the South East across the Niger Delta. Meanwhile work is progressing on the North to South backbone which will complete a ring across the country. The company also plans to roll out 100 base stations per month across the six geopolitical zones of the country with a special focus on increasing the number of base stations in the north west region from 186 to 400.

- Algerian mobile operator Wataniya Telecom Algeria has launched a suite of bespoke mobile and web service digital media offerings supplied by Wmode, a provider of digital media distribution services.

- Incumbent telco Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) has launched its fixed-wireless ‘Liberty Phone’ service in the Zomba region, as part of its USD7.5 million project to provide telcoms to unserved rural areas. . The Liberty Phone, which has a range of 40km comes with a solar panel for recharging in areas of unstable power supply.

- Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile phone operator, is to set up six new base stations in Bulawayo as part of its expansion programme that will see it increasing its capacity to 1.2 million subscribers by February next year.

- Sotel Chad, the national incumbent has launched a new fixed line service branded “Tawali”. Based on CDMA 2000 technology and supplied by Chinese company ZTE, the new phone service combines mobile and fixed line telephony and also offers high speed internet connection.