TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Incumbent telco Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has launched its government-backed Tswapong Rural Telecom Project, which will bring communications to seven hitherto under-served villages in the Tswapong area in the east.

- Uganda SMS information provider, True African, has announced its countrywide expansion with the opening of its first of several Bulk SMS centers up-country. This follows its partnership with Posta Uganda that will see bulk SMS centers opened throughout the Posta Uganda country offices.

- Ghana recorded the fastest teledensity growth rate in Africa last year, recording up to 22 per cent increase, as against the projected rate of 10 per cent by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

- Zimbabwe cellular phone service providers have virtually cut access to international calls because of unsustainable tariffs, dealing a further blow to the crumbling service industry in the country.