TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

- MTN Uganda will invest USD7.5 million by the end of the year in boosting its GSM network coverage, the company said in a statement. Since April, MTN has extended its network to 12 additional towns across Uganda, taking the total to 152, including all 38 district capitals.

- Nigeria's One Number has launched an SMS directory service with MTN. The subscriber sends the name of the company he or she is looking for as an SMS t0 125 on the MTN network and the details of that company including telephone numbers, physical address, fax numbers and website addresses are automatically sent back to the subscriber's phone.The service will soon be launched on other networks.

- Incumbent Ghana Telecom has launched its latest brand of prepaid cards, the "gt eazytalk". The "gt eazytalk" is the branded form of the old Ghana Telecom prepaid calling card with additional features to give freedom and convenient services to customers. At the launch of the product in Accra, Joseph Wireko, General Manager, Marketing Communication said, the new prepaid card is an "account attached to the card and not the telephone", and could be used on any fixed line and payphone.

"It can be used in a hotel, at home on fixed line, payphones, for faxes and accessing the internet," he said. In addition to the English language, "gt eazytalk" offers the choice of French and six local languages: Nzema, Ga, Twi, Hausa, Ewe and Dagbani.

The gt eazytalk cards come in three different prices; 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000. The card number which has 11-digits instead of the old 12-digit would be known as "authentication number".