TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Zimbabwe mobile operator NetOne announced its aims to boost its subscriber base from 560,000 in 2006 to 1,500,000 by the end of next year as the mobile phone provider seeks to increase its market share. At the same time, Econet, Zimbabwe's largest mobile network operator based on subscriber numbers - will early next year introduce Third Generation (3G) cellular service initially targeting the capital city Harare, before extending to other major urban centers.

- Sierra Leone cellco Millicom SL has rebranded under the name Tigo and launched new services. Amongst the features on offer are Back Tones, a ringtone service, and SMSPlus, an information and entertainment service via SMS. Millicom SL currently has around 30,000 customers, ranking it third in the country.

- Celtel Kenya has launched a new internet service called Celtel Access for its pre-paid and post-paid subscribers. The charges will be per download and not with respect to duration. They will be as low as Sh8 per megabyte.

- Mark Procter, COO of mobile operator Tigo in Ghana has announced that his company has plans to expand its network to provide sufficient capacity to serve its customers better.