TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

- Kenya’s Safaricom is extending its coverage to the neglected North Eastern province, offering phone service in its four major towns: Wajir, Mandera, Dadaab and Moyale. It will also be rolling out high speed mobile data services across its entire network in the next few months.

- Sonatel’s mobile operation Alizé has cut its tariffs at two levels: pre-pay subscribers will now pay FCFA10,000 instead of FCFA20,000 and get a call credit of FCFA7,500. The pre-paid Diamono tariff (which covers 95% of all subscribers) will also come down. The Diamono Pro tariff will be cut by 39% and the Diamono Classic and Young Tariffs by 36%.

LIRE EN FRANCAIS APRES 15.00 GMT, 19 APRIL:
http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/french.html

- Former Econet Wireless Nigeria (EWN’s) subscribers, last weekend, received a series of SMS text messages from its new management contractor, Vodacom Nigeria, reassuring them that they do not need to pay anything or change their SIM cards to enjoy the newly rebranded services. Buddie will now be known as Vodago and there will be three pre-paid packages: Vodago standard, Vodago smart-step and 4U.

- South Africa’s MTN will celebrate its 10th birthday by suspending a well-known radio personality in a perspex box, attached to an MTN billboard on Corlett Drive in Johannesburg. The lucky radio personality will be up there for only five days with an MTN mobile phone for company. All of which will highlight how it is possible to do just about anything with cellular technology, no matter where one is sitting, according to MTN.

- Globacom, Nigeria’s Second National Operator, has rolled out its services in the university town of Okada in Edo State, bringing to 49 the total number of towns and cities covered by the network just seven months after it rolled out its services. The network is also planning to roll out its services to Abagana, Awka, Enugu and Ihiala in the next few two weeks.

- Private Fixed Wireless Telephone Operator,Cell Communication Limited (Cellcom) has announced the extension of Cellcom telephone service to the Alaba and Ikorodu areas of Lagos State.