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Telecoms

* Nigerian mobile operator M-tel has introduced N250 recharge card into the market to create better access for subscribers. Its market survey showed that most subscribers in the country could not even afford the N400 recharge card and they needed a lower tariff. M-tel says it now has capacity of more than one million programmed SIM lines and additional two 2 million unprogrammed SIM lines.

- Nigeria's SNO, Globacom last announced it has plans to build a submarine optical fibre link to address long-term bandwidth requirements and current traffic trends in the country. When completed, the proposed Globacom high capacity (32 STM64) link will act as an alternative to the SAT-3 optical fibre submarine linking Africa with the rest of the world.

However it said it has been able to resolve its initial dispute with the incumbent telco NITEL) over access to SAT-3 adding that, "we now both have equal access on an equal and cordial basis as we as well as NITEL now use it to carry our international traffic."

- South Africa's Vodacom says that it has repaired a fault that had enabled people to listen into other people's phone calls. The company's COO, Pieter Uys, told 702 radio that the eavesdropping problem - reported in The Star and the Pretoria News - has been corrected.