TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Mobile services provider MTN Group announced the official launch of MTN Congo, following the group's acquisition of Libertis Telecom (100% stake) in December 2005. The MTN brand replaces all previous Libertis Telecom branding on products, at points of sale, including public phones, and in advertising and other materials.

- Zulu and Xhosa SMS software will be included in a range of mobile phones shipped to SA by the end of the year.

- The mobile subscriber's base in 17 West African countries would reach 47 million by the end of the year. There are currently 32 million mobile subscribers in West Africa, with Nigeria having 60 per cent of the share with 20 million subscribers. West Africa is forecast to surpass Southern Africa by the end of 2008 to become the second largest sub-region in Africa.