TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Celtel Tanzania has launched a mobile internet access service based on GRPS/EDGE technology offering significantly faster data connection speeds than those of existing dial-up and GSM alternatives. Announcing the launch of the Celtel Access service, the company’s Managing Director Steve Torode said, ‘Celtel Access gives post-paid as well as pre-paid customers the freedom to stay connected and be more productive while on the go.’

- Uganda MTN has introduced a reduced tariff for its publicoms. The tariff structure has been revised to meet the increasing demand for the affordable telecommunication services. All customers can now make a 15 second call to any MTN number for Shs100. In addition to that, the tariffs now allow callers to communicate with a minimum of Shs100.Furthermore, customers can also be able to make short international calls for a minimum of only Shs100. MTN Publicom has set up over 2,600 pay phones in over 150 towns and trading centers all over Uganda, hence taking affordable communication services nearer to the rural people.

- Touch, South Africa based leading provider of content and applications for mobile telephony has opened its headquaters base in Lagos. The move, according to the organisation is to facilitate its business expansion plan across African continent. The new office will house sales, customer support and marketing teams, along with the engineering staff, the aim being to maintain the company's technical system to give Nigerian customers the same fast, easy access to content and services enjoyed by I-Touch customers around the world

 - Mobile operator MTS First has commenced operation in Port- Harcourt. This will be the fourth city after Lagos, that MTS will be anchoring its services since the beginning of this year. In the last two months, MTS has extended its services to Abeokuta, Ibadan and Abuja. It has also spread extensively to all corners of Lagos State.

- Morocco's Maroc Telecom has signed a roaming-service deal with Batelco Mobile. The agreement brings wireless Internet service to Batelco postpaid handsets enabled for GPRS/MMS (general packet radio service/multimedia message service) technology.Tapping into Maroc Telecom's network will allow visitors to the North African nation to access high-speed services such as Internet browsing and transmissions of pictures and other large files.

- Orange, Cote D’Ivoire Telecom’s mobile subsidiary has announced that its pre-paid customers would be able from now on to use roaming when abroad. Without any extra costs (except for the roaming charges of course) pre-paid customers will be able to use their phone in seven African countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Sénégal and Equatorial Guinea) and two European countries (France and Spain).