Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Zimbabwe fixed telecommunications network operator TelOne will raise its tariffs with effect from next month. The increases will encompass Internet, trunk and international call services as the parastatal seeks to keep charges in line with operational costs.

- The theft of MTC's solar panels in the Caprivi region in Namibia has disrupted mobile services in some areas. MTC recently reported losses in excess of N$600000 with the theft of 51 solar panels which were reported between December 19, 2006 and January 17 - less than one month.

- There was no change to the top ten most penetrated markets in the Middle East & Africa between June and September 2006, the United Arab Emirates continuing to lead at the top of the table and South Africa remained unmoved in eighth, climbing 2.6pp of the way into the fourth quartile from 59.4% a year earlier. A total of 45 markets in the MEA region still had penetration rates of less than 25% at the end of September 2006 -. Eritrea remains the least developed market on the continent, with Ethiopia second from bottom, and Rwanda third from bottom with a 3.1% rate of mobile ownership having been overtaken by eight other nations between September 2005 and September 2006.