TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Virgin mobile has signed up 100,000 customers during its first 11 months, giving it a minuscule share of SA's estimated 35-million cellphone users.

- Celtel Nigeria has launched the first GSM Payphone called (Jembi Public Calling Office (PCO)) in Nigeria. The introduction of the phones by Celtel is the first commercial rollout of GSM payphones in Nigeria .

- Mobile service provider Cell One launched its cellphone service in the North of Namibia. Cell One's network coverage now extends to all four north-central regions of Namibia.

- To improve its high-speed wireless internet connectivity, Algerie Telecom has upgraded part of its network to CDMA EVDO.

- Comium Liberia Ltd., one of the GSM companies in Liberia launched its internet service-ICom.net in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County with the view to expand to other counties.

- One month after the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) awarded 3G liscences to four mobile operators in the country at a cost of $150 million each, GSM provider, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has made a successful "voice and video" test call on its 3G UMTS technology platform.

- In Tanzania, cellular phone company, Celtel Tanzania has introduced a new service that allows its customers text messages (sms) from the internet to mobile phones.

- MTN South Africa has launched its new Push-to-Talk (PTT) product. It will allow companies to “get instant, seamless, secure and quick communication with individuals or groups within their company”.

- Telma Mobile in Madagascar has recorded over 50,000 subscribers since its launch in December 2006. The company’s target is 150,000 subscribers by the end of 2007 which would represent 15% market share.