TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Celtel International announced the launch of One Network, the first ever borderless mobile network in the world. This allows customers to move freely across geographic borders without roaming call surcharges and without having to pay to receive incoming calls. All Celtel's East African customers, both prepaid and post paid, will be able to use this service whether in Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda.

- Telecom Namibia has announced a new tariff structure effective October 1, 2006 which will include reductions in international tariffs and the introduction of 'Per Second Billing'. Among the many reductions announced, rates for fixed-to-fixed  calls to Angola, South Africa and neighbouring countries will be reduced on average by 20%, 6% and 5% respectively, both during peak and off-peak hours. The cost of calls to most international fixed-line destinations outside Southern Africa will be lowered by an average of 15%.

- South African mobile operator Cell C is considering offering a third-generation (3G) service (which it has been testing) to compete with bigger rivals MTN and Vodacom, and to complement its EDGE service, but the move will depend on the feasibility of such an offering.