Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Mobile telecommunications Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has completed the installation of GPRS on its network which will enable its customers and visitors roaming in Zimbabwe to use the Blackberry-enabled cellphones to receive and send e-mails as well as e-mail attachments.

- The first bank to introduce cellphone banking in Botswana, the First National Bank of Botswana (FNBB), has announced that it had added Orange to its Cellphone Banking offering.

- Namibia’s second cellphone operator, Cell One will roll out its service at the coast within the next two weeks. Launched in mid-March this year, the company hopes that 90 per cent of Namibia will be covered by the end of the year.

- MTN South Africa has launched Push-to-talk (PTT) services on its network, running over GPRS via Nokia handsets. The service required clarification from the regulator ICASA before launch as to its legality, as it is classified as voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP).

- Mobile operator, Telecel Benin has announced a decrease of over 50% on some of its services. A starter kit will now be sold at CFA1,500 ($3) instead of CFA3,500 ($7). Unfortunately this decrease only applies to services and not call charges.