DRC: VODACOM HITS ONE MILLION USERS

Telecoms

South Africa's mobile phone company Vodacom, which established itself in the country in 2001, announced this week that it had reached one million clients in the DRC. It offered a prize of one million Congolese francs (about USD2,200) to its millionth client.

Vodacom Congo's deputy director general, Gilbert Nkuli announced that the company plans a $500m investment for the 2002-2007 period, to cover of 80% of the Congolese territory.

Currently fewer than 4% of the DRC's total population has access to the cellular phone network established by Vodacom and its Belgian, US, Chinese, French and Korean competitors.