TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Uganda Telecom (UTL)  has signed a roaming agreement for the United Arab Emirates with Etisalat. This brings UTL's total roaming destinations to 267.

-As Christmas shopping gathers steam, cellphone retailers are experiencing a surge in business in Botswana. Customers interviewed around Riverwalk and Gaborone Bus Rank by local newspaper the Monitor, indicated that they are buying cellphones to upgrade and also to give to friends and family as presents.

- Millicom Ghana Limited, operators of TIGO cellular network has been asked to give priority to the coverage of newly created districts in its expansion programme, especially those in Upper West, which lack such amenities.

- According to reports in the local Daily News newspaper, national PTO Tanzania Telecommunications Limited (TTCL) will next year begin work on installing a next generation network (NGN) in Zanzibar to improve the island’s telecoms system.

- Vodacom South Africa has selected Celtro to deploy its DynaMate solution to increase its backhaul capacity and improve service delivery. Vodacom is installing the Celtro equipment at over 850 sites as part of its W-CDMA and HSDPA rollout programme. Vodacom executive Johan Engelbrecht said in a statement: ‘With our current focus on delivering GPRS, EDGE, and HSDPA data services, Vodacom's backhaul transmission resources were being stretched to their limits.’