TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Mobile telecommunications network service provider NetOne has rolled out a new mobile switching centre base station in Bulawayo The switching centre, which will cater for the southern region in Zimbabwe, has a capacity of over 700 000 lines. In a separate article, fixed telephone operator TelOne has announced that it will introduce 30 000 wireless technology phones in Harare and later spread the system to other urban and rural areas.

- Maroc Telecom, Morocco’s fixed and mobile operator has launched its Blackberry service targeted at its business customer base. The service will enable users to retrieve their mail and surf the Internet from their handheld device.

- Celtel Uganda recorded a 62% growth in subscriber numbers, rising from 291,000 in 2005 to 471,000 at the end of 2006.

- The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) is planning to lower its service tariffs for its mobile and Internet customers.

- Celtel Gabon has announced a decrease of 10% of calling rates. At peak time calls between Celtel’s users will cost 165 CFA Francs ( $0.33) and calls to other networks will be billed at 215 CFA francs per minute ($0.43).

- MTN Rwanda cell has installed an antenna in Kinihira district, Northern Province. For eight years that MTN has been operational in Rwanda, Northern Province had no mobile telephone network.