TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

- An ITU study group meeting in Yaounde focused on how its members might collaborate with a view to fixing rates at the lowest level possible. Within this context, it is expected that experts who are meeting in Yaounde would address African problems related to calculation of cost and prices and make recommendations to telecommunication standardization sector.

- City of Cape Town public servants are not evasive or bluntly ignoring phone calls. It’s just that their cellphones have gone silent. City Manager Wallace Mgoqi has confirmed that the big switch to the city’s new cellphone service provider, Cell C, was "in abeyance" after alleged irregularities in the tender award process came to light. This means that many officials and staff who had expected to switch to Cell C from April 1 have seen their phones go silent. But Mgoqi said there were contingency plans to keep officials in touch in emergency and disaster situations. While the city’s contract with Cell C was "still in place", pending the results of an investigation into the tender process, people’s individual contracts with their former service providers had ended. The investigation is expected to end within a few days.

- Angolan mobile provider Movicel has launched promotional pre-paid cards of 125, 250 and 500 UTTs. If you buy a card of one value, you’re automatically entitled to a card of the same vale free. So for example if you buy a 500 UTT card, you get another 500 UTT card for free. This offer does not apply to the 125 UTT card value.

- Some unscrupulous South African employees are defrauding companies by bypassing switchboard restrictions through Telkom’s 1023 AutoComplete service, according to Communications Users Association of SA (CUASA) spokesman, Ray Webber.

- Uganda Telecom Limited (utl) has launched two new products aimed at cutting calling costs on its network, the commercial director, Hans Paulsen, said during a press conference last week. The two new profiles, mango jazz and mango Xtra, will trade under the new tag line ‘mango choices for your lifestyle.’ "The mango jazz seed pack will be available at all utl shops and chosen outlets countrywide and will cost sh15,000 and will be loaded with sh4,000 free juice and 40 free SMs," Paulsen said. He said all customers can ‘jazz’ for as low as sh180 during off-peak times.