TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

- Cameroon's Camtel has invested FCFA5.1 billion to create an additional 7,100 new lines in Garoua and Guider. These new lines will all be digital and operate using Siemens equipment. It has also installed an internet POP in Garoua. To encourage fixed line usage, Camtel has dropped the monthly subscription price from FCFA100,000 to FCFA40,000.

- Côte d'Ivoire's Orange last week launched its new "value-added" 711 services. There are three themed information areas: Vie privée (7113), Détente (7112) and Sport (7113). Each call will cost FCFA100.

- After the completion of an appeal to the Mauritian regulator, Outremar Telecom will announce its new international rates on 28 August 2004.

- Telecel Zambia spent USD$68,000 on its free short messaging service (SMS) it offered its subscribers from April to May. And Telecel Zambia head of marketing business unit Lho-Zindaaba Sakala has disclosed that the company would conclude SMS interconnectivity tests with Cell Z this month.