TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

* Last Thursday Celtel Burkina expanded its to Dano (in Ioba province) in the south-west of the country, near the Pa-Gaoua crossing with Côte d'Ivoire. According to Ismaël Nacoulma, Commercial Director of Celtel Burkina, the company wants to connect all villages in the country.

* Zantel launched GSM services in Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam, at the end of last week. Zantel was awarded a national licence in March, allowing it to expand its coverage to the mainland, and has agreed a ten-year deal with Vodacom Tanzania to share its wireless infrastructure. The company intends to launch both wireline and wireless services across all 25 regions of the country.

* Ghana's Areeba last week announced the introduction of a Unit Transfer service that allows customers to buy units with as little as 6000 Cedis. The Unit Transfer service enables prepaid customers of Spacefon Areeba to electronically recharge their account directly from mobile phone distribution terminals, using special SIM cards designed for the purpose. In other words, the retailer will transfer the value of units bought to the subscriber's mobile phone by SMS. The new service credits the customer's account with both Units and Days. Lower cost unit transfers expire within a short time period while larger unit transfers take longer to expire. * The CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Ernest Ndukwe has warned that if by the next month end, two mobile operators, MTN and Mtel fail to resolve their interconnection dispute, the Commission would impose heavy sanctions on them.