TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

- GuinéTel has contracted Tecore Wireless Systems to expand its GSM network in Guinea Bissau, in a bid to increase capacity and coverage, and enable it to launch GPRS services. Tecore will roll out equipment supplied by AirNet Communications, including its AdaptaCell 4000 XE base station. GuinéTel was the first operator to launch mobile services in the country, when it rolled out its GSM network in 2004.

- Nigeria's MTEL has announced its readiness to extend mobile telephone coverage to all the 776 local government areas in the country, by May 2005. To realise this goal, the company said its equipment suppliers, Ericsson, ZTE and Motorola had begun working round the clock to ensure full service delivery nationwide.

- Ghana Telecom will soon begin the second phase of its expansion work to extend its network coverage to all parts of the country. The Project, which is being financed with a loan facility Ghana Telecom signed with Alcatel Shanghai Bell Co Ltd, will begin in July this year and is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2006. The first phase of the project that includes the fixing of Alcatel trunk switches to increase network coverage of the Ghana Telecom services within the Accra Metropolis is yet to be completed. Phase Two will involve expansion works that will include the installation of 250-radio antennae that are targeted to serve about 400,000 mobile phone users.