TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Nigerian mobile operator, Globacom has announced a reduction in its International Direct Dialing tariffs. The new tariff structure shows that calls to Zone 1 countries comprising the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Australia and Africa will now cost 65 kobo per second. Before now calls to these destinations attracted 90kobo a second. Similarly, calls to Zone 2 countries are now charged at N72 per minute or N1.20 a second instead of N198 and N3.30 charged for a minute and a second respectively.

- MTN Côte d’Ivoire is strengthening its partnership with the local agriculture association by offering new mobile services to farmers including access to business directory, stock tracking and real-time prices of cocoa and coffee.

- Angola Telecom is installing a digitised station system in the UíNorthern Uíje province. The system, whose equipment's assembling process is underway, will ease calls, services such as waiting calls, identifying calls, three-way conferences and deviation of calls.

- Moiyabana  in Botswana has become the latest village to join the cellular phone club with the installation of a Mascom Wireless Base Transceiver Station (BTS).  The village, south of Serowe, had been without network coverage since the introduction of cell phones.

- Mobile operator MTN Nigeria ended 2006 with 12.1 million subscribers, of which 100,000 were post-paid.