Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Globacom, Nigeria's second national carrier, is set to launch a 3G service following the conclusion of the payment of the $150 million license fee for its licence. The other 3G winners were MTN Nigeria, Celtel and Alheri Engineering Ltd.

- In Zimbabwe, Econet Wireless has with immediate effect barred all its prepaid customers from making international calls citing foreign currency shortages.

- Post and ICT Minister Boudjemaâ Haïchour, considered as "serious" Algeria's progress in the field of the digitalization and ICT use, revealing that the country ranks at present "first at the level from the Maghreb in phone density and second on the African continent after South Africa."

- The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has revealed a five-year strategic plan that will see it invest ETB37 billion (USD4.34 billion) in expanding its fixed and wireless networks. The ETC also expects to extend its 14,000km fibre-optic backbone to 40,000km over the same timeframe.

- In Senegal, the Sonatel’s mobile arm has launched two new services named “Business Everywhere” and “Push-mail” targeted at companies and professionals on the move. Remote data access is one of the new services on offer.

- Mobile operator Celtel Niger has announced a reduction on its international rates. The price on international calls will decrease by an average of 35%. A minute to Algeria, Benin or Burkina-Faso will go down from 507 CFA francs ($1.01) to 350 CFA francs ($0.70).