TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

* Cellphones and airtime will soon be on sale at 2500 post offices nationwide with the South African Post Office entering a deal giving Nasasa Cellular the exclusive right to supply cellular products and services.Nasasa Cellular is a joint venture between cellular retailer Glocell and Nasasa Relations, representing the National Stokvels Association of SA.

* Nigeria's Mobile Telecommunications Limited, has introduced N250 recharge card, what is claimed to be lowest priced airtime recharge card among the four GSM operators in Nigeria. The Mtel Chief Marketing Officer said that within six months, between December 2003 and June 2004, Mtel grew its subscriber base from 90,000 to 600,000 giving it 13.4% of the market. "We aim to raise the subscriber base to 1.2 million at the end of the year".

* MTN Nigeria Communications has slashed its starter Pack price from N4,980 to N1,980 with effect from today, to mark Nigeria's 44th Independence anniversary. Globacom's Executive Director, Miss Bella Adenuga, said : "Outgoing calls to any phone within Nigeria is charged at N21 per minute. Calls to US, Canada and fixed lines in Europe cost just N50 per minute, while those to other destinations cost N65 per minute".

Cellular network operator Vodacom Tanzania has introduced a new system of delivering its service to its customers called “The Vodacom Way”. What is it? Vodacom Tanzania Managing Director Jose Dos Santos said:“For us the ‘Vodacom Way’ is not just a smart corporate slogan, but a set of values that set Vodacom apart as an exemplary corporate citizen in the country". All clear now.

* Uganda Telecom Ltd will introduce a wireless phone technology called immobile telesaver in October this year. Peter Kirenga, the Jinja Area Regional Business Manager said recently that the new technology would help Mango customers talk longer using money.