TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

* Glo Mobile, the mobile arm of Nigerian SNO , Globacom is now available in 157 towns and cities across the country, making it the fastest growing network in the country. In addition, it has covered 17 expressways, making it the strongest on the expressways.

* Kencell Communications Limited has changed it corprate name to Celtel Kenya Limited. Subscribers of the mobile firm will now enjoy the benefit of a seamless link to the three East African countries – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, which Celtel operates.

* Against the background of incessant customers complaints, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has stopped MTN Nigeria Communications Limited from further deducting the sum of N100 from any subscriber intending to switch to the per second billing option on its network. Speaking at the monthly Telecom Consumer Parliament in Lagos, the Commission's chief executive, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe said it was both wrong and unfair to continue to bill subscribers for migrating to a particular billing option.

* Approximately 25 percent of mobile phones in use in Kenya are stolen. Safaricom's Chief Executive, Michael Joseph now says parliament should urgently adopt a Bill, which criminalizes tampering of mobile phone electronic serial number. Last year mobile service providers, Safaricom in collaboration with Kencell Communications launched a project to disable reported stolen phones. However lack of a legal provision means the police have no basis of arresting those found with mobile phones unblocking equipment, which has hampered the fight against theft of phones. Meanwhile Safaricom has announced plans to expand its dealer network next year at a cost of 45 million shillings.