TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

- Celtel Uganda plans a major rollout programme to cover key centres in the country. The move is part of the mobile phone service provider's strategy to bring services nearer to its. "Vital to the new network rollout is Celtel's strategy to have network coverage available wherever its customers live, work or travel," Celtel's marketing operations manager, Ms Jackie Namara said last week.

- Last week saw the launch of a tripartite partnership between Interbancaria de serviços (EMIS), AngolaTelecom and Movicel to offer pre-paid top-ups and bill payment.

- Millicom Sierra Leone will introduce Buzz-top-up cards denominated in Leones. The cards available will be in Le5,000, Le10,000, Le25,000 and Le150,000 pieces. The company made this decision after questioning a number of subscribers who said that they preferred a Leone based system.

- Nitel is to roll-out fixed wireless access to Onitsha, Abambra State, Enugu, Abuja and Lagos in the third quarter of this year. He also said the tendering process for the provision of 250,000 digital lines in Lagos has been concluded with the signing of the supply contract agreement by NITEL and two suppliers, namely Siemens Limited and Huawei Technologies Limited. He stressed that the organization was in the process of concluding the financing arrangement.