TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Etisalat has launched Egypt's third mobile phone network tomorrow, and will be operating over a 3.5G platform. The new network has been built by Ericsson and Huawei at a cost of USD1.2 billion. The network will initially cover Greater Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and Luxor.

- MTN Nigeria is to spend $650 million on network expansion aimed at providing the necessary infrastructure for 3G services and quality service. The network expansion, will also increase MTN's base stations from 2661 to 3500 before the end of the year.

- The mobile telephone company UNITEL recently started offering roaming services in Finland (DNA), Pakistan (WARID) and South Korea (KTF).

- Starcomms Limited, Nigeria's largest CDMA 3G Mobile network, has rolled out a Instant Mobile Messenger which allows Starcomms subscribers to have real time two-way chat with multiple users or any online MSN or Yahoo! Messenger contact over any Starcomms phone using text messaging (SMS).

- The licensing of second national fixed telecommunication operator has been announced following a ministerial meeting chaired by President Ben Ali on the future of the telecommunication sector in Tunisia.

- Onatel in Burkina-Faso has launched a fixed wireless service based on CDMA technology. According to local newspaper “Le Pays”, the company has embarked on a modernising phase since it has been purchased by Maroc Telecom.