TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Multi links,Nigeria, a private telephone operator has unveiled the first mobile phone -  the Motorola V3M, RAZR -  to run on a CDMA network in Nigeria. Multilinks stated that the Motorola Razr CDMA phone is expected to give customers, existing and potential style with high tech functionality that is expected to revolutionize phone usage.

- Tariff on telephone calls of the Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL) have been reviewed. A minute local/urban call on fixed and wireless services is now to attract N13.65 at peak periods andN12.01 at off-peak periods. National calls now attract N16.20 and N14.26 at peak and off-peak periods. This show a decrease in the cost of national calls and an increase in the cost of local calls to reflect the company's tariff rebalancing strategy in response to the dictates of the telecommunications industry"

- Celtel Nigeria, formerly V-Mobile, with vendors Ericsson and Huawei, has launched 3G services in the capital Abuja. The technology has been trialled in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt since June. Celtel says that services including voice, high speed data and live video calls will initially be marketed to high and middle-income earners due to the high cost of handsets.