TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Angola Telecom, the national fixed operator has introduced a wireless telephone system called "Touch More” which will provide voice, data, message and internet services. The firm has invested USD 10 million in the implementation of the services currently operational in the provinces of Luanda, Cabinda, Huíla and Bengo. A total of 13,000 lines have been put in place, with Luanda taking 7,000.

- Nitel will in September, rollout 1.2 million wireless lines into Nigeria. More than 20,000 lines had already been activated in Abuja, Lagos and Enugu, in a pilot scheme, to test the market. The pre-paid wireless lines are intended to add value to the company's earnings, and enhance Nitel’s competitiveness in the Nigerian telecommunication market.

- The Zanzibar Telecom Limited (Zantel), will introduce a fixed line service using CDMA, a move expected to substantially lower the tariffs. The fixed line service will begin with a soft launch hooking 2,000 customers on trial run. The commercial launch will be in September. Zantel expects to connect about 4,000 customers by the end of this year.

- Madacom, Madagascar mobile company has expanded its roaming coverage to Azerbaijan by signing an agreement with the country’s largest mobile operator Azercell Telecom.

- The mobile phone market in Algeria has witnessed a considerable increase with over 3 million mobile phones sold in 2005. The import sales made by many distributors have also "exponentially" increased. At the end of 2006 first quarter nearly one million (983,425) mobile phones were imported for $82 million, the equivalent of 600 million DA, according to figures of the National Customs Information and Statistics Centre (CNIS).