TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The Nigerian Communications Commission has announced plans to harmonize all the emergency telephone numbers by different network operators. Nigerian would soon have one emergency, call free number, that would cut across all the existing telecommunications network.

- Kenya mobile phone service provider Safaricom will roll out Edge technology countrywide in the next two weeks. The new technology will enable the firm's subscribers to access the Internet at higher speeds.

- Rainbownet Limited, a private telecommunications firm covering the South East of Nigeria has reduced its airtime and subscription rate in what is seen as part of the measures to attract more subscribers. They can now pay N6 per minute on calls on intra-network and N15 for international calls instead of N8 per minute and N18 for international calls.

- The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) is to build a 10-storey twin tower complex, which will house its strategic business units. ETC has 11 departments all together employing 8,122 people, 10 of them described as strategic services.

- Prestel cable and TV Systems Limited has secured a new national numbering plan from the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) for N70million. The allocation is sequel to Prestels' recent acquisition of a unified License from the NCC. With the allocation of the number, Prestel, which is presently in Edo, Delta and other states in the South-South region, is now free to expand its services to other parts of the country without being hindered.