TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Zimbabwe mobile phone service provider Econet Wireless has hiked its tariffs by over 150 percent with effect from May 1 2007, barely two months after the last tariff increases. At the same time the Govenment rejected appeals by mobile network operators to allow them to charge for outgoing international calls in foreign currency.

-Cell One, Namibia’s second mobile operator announced that  it would roll out its network to the northern regions to provide cellular services to people living in Oshakati, Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Oshikuku, Tsandi, Oshitutuma, Oshuungu, Oniimwandi, Omuthiya, Omaalala, Iindangungu and Ombathi.

- The second national operator (SNO), Globacom Ltd has announced receipt of final approval to commence service offerings on its 3G platform in Nigeria

- Meditel, Morocco’s second mobile operator has started to offer broadband internet  over its mobile network. The service will be initially available in Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakech . The service will cost 599 dirhams per month ($73) for unlimited access with speed up to 3.5Mbps

- Madagascar, Telma Mobile has announced that it will offer broadband internet access over its GPRS/EDGE network.