TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Subject to the approval of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), Vodacom will be lowering all its standard in-bundle 3G data tariffs by 20%. “This reduction in tariffs means that Vodacom customers could pay as little as ZAR39c per Meg.

- Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator, signed up 45,000 net new subscribers in January and February to take its total customers to 457,228. Libertie, Econet's hybrid mobile brand, accounted for most of the subscriber growth, with users of the service rising by 80%. Econet now claims to have a 59% share of the cellular market, up from 57% at the end of December, ahead of rivals NetOne and Telecel. It is targeting a total of 500,000 customers by June.

- Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) is expected to launch a new land and mobile service offering voice and data services on its new CDMA platform. The service known as TTCL Mobile Service will initially cover Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro Regions. By September this year the new service will spread to all large towns of the mainland and Isles.