TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Latest statistics released by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) show that the country's telecom sector now boasts of about 34 million telephone lines, made up of 32,265,827 mobile lines and 1,670,767 fixed lines, while investments worth $8.5 billion have been pumped into it.

- Telkom Kenya is set to reduce call costs and introduce new tariffs by the end of next month. Reduced workforce costs and the rolling out of the wireless services will lead to reduced expenditure, allowing them to spread the benefits to the consumers.

- Vodacom of South Africa has reported its end-December 2006 operating results, with its domestic customer base increasing 7.8% in the final three months of the year to 21.8 million. Vodacom, which now claims 58% of the South African mobile market, says that its average monthly revenue per user (ARPU) rose from ZAR124 to ZAR127 (USD17.15 to USD17.57).

- Areeba Ghana has switched its billing system from the old units-based system to the Cedis, Ghana's national currency. The Ghanaian operation will soon be re-branded to MTN Ghana.