TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

- South Africa's Telkom has introduced a promotional international calling card to help keep friends and relatives around the world in touch over the holiday season. There are three calling cards, namely Call Americas, Call Australasia and Call Europe, all of which will be available at selected Telkom direct shops, customer service branches and retail outlets selling Telkom card products. According to Telkom, the card promotion runs from 1 December 2004 until 31 May 2005, with calls to fixed-line destinations costing R1.20 per minute and calls to mobile destinations costing R2.25 per minute, and a minimum charge of 99c per call is also applicable. These rates are applicable 24 hours a day. Telkom has also introduced RingBack, a new service that aims to take care of a continuous busy number by monitoring the called number, and calling you back once the number is free.

- Ethiopia’s monopoly fixed line operator, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), has announced the launch of a CDMA wireless in the local loop (WiLL) network covering the cities of Addis Ababa, Fitche, Jimma and Wolkite. The first phase of the network was built by China’s Huawei Technologies at a cost of USD10 million and included the installation of 42,000 lines, 36,000 of which are in the capital.

- The managing director of Globacom Mobile, Bisi Kolaosho said that the company has provided one million lines for Kano state GSM subscribers because of the economic potential of the state. Meanwhile Nitel has extended telephone service to all the headquarters of the 34 local government areas and development centres in the state with the near completion of three repeater stations, which will go on stream soon.