TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Both CV Telecoms and Sonatel get 25% of their revenues from international roaming. Plentiful tourists feed high-cost roaming calls straight into their respective bottom lines.

- Mobile operator Safaricom in Kenya has announced that its Blackberry new wireless voice and data service, will go live on June 20. While individual clients will acquire the BlackBerry gadgets at an introductory offer price of Sh27,000 and Sh36,000 for the 8700 and 8100 models respectively, corporate clients will buy five and get an equal number of the gadgets for free.

- Orange-Mali is rolling out its multimedia “Live Box” service which offers a combination of internet and fixed line telephone services as well as CCTV functionality. The service will be available in Bamako, Kayes, Ségou, Sikasso and Koutiala.

- In Uganda, Celtel has completed the first phase of its network upgrade in order to accommodate up to 1.5m subscribers.

- In Ghana, Areeba mobile telephone network has reported that it has extended until mid-June, the period within which some subscribers would experience disruptions in service due to a major network upgrade of the service.

- Sonatel has announced disruptions on its fixed line network in the North and the South of Senegal as the company is soon going to start upgrading the switches in the local PSTNs in Tambacounda, Velingara, Ziguinchor, Kaolack, Thiès, Louga and Saint Louis.