TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- MTN Uganda's subscribers have increased by 14% in the last quarter of the year. The number of subscribers rose to 1,403 ,000 while the average revenue per user dropped from $15 (sh27,450) to $12 (sh21,960).

- South African Satisfaction Index rating has just released good figures for the telcom industry. Vodacom came up tops with the highest levels of overall satisfaction. They received a score of 86% up from 83% in 2005. MTN was not far behind with a satisfaction rating of 84%, also an increase from the 82% rating received last year. CellC was next and the only company to fall from 80% in 2005 to 79% this year. Telkom came last with a rating of 76%, up from 71% last year.

- Ghana Telecom's mobile arm GT-OneTouch has announced the launch of its GPRS network, which it says will deliver a range of new mobile internet and multimedia offerings to its users, including Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). OneTouch MMS is free from now to the end of November. In addition to the GPRS network, the cellco says it has EDGE available on 15 cell sites in the capital, Accra.