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Telecoms

- SA’s MTN has launched its CorporateMobility solution through wireless data provider (WDP) MTN Network Solutions, to provide connectivity between a company’s mobile workforce and its back-end system.

- Nigeria’s Katsina State is to enjoy 70,000 of NITEL’s 175,000 GSM lines allocated to the North-West zones, 40,000 of which would be given to local councils. Econet Wireless Nigeria has added Abraka in Delta State to its coverage area.

- MTN Nigeria last week announced that it now had international roaming agreements with 116 operators worldwide.

- Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority is to receive a proposal package from the two mobile operators, Egyptian Company for Mobile Services-ECMS and Vodafone Egypt next week. The modified subscription scheme intends to offer a more lucrative deal to prepaid users in terms of grace periods and use validity.

  - Nigeria’s Procom Networks has launched an international prepaid calling card called QuickConnect. It offers calls at N19 per minute, which the company claims is the lowest in the country.

- Ghana Telecom has plans to link Kete Krachi with Ho, Nkiwanta and Tamale as part of the Northern Volta link. The project is expected to facilitate the deployment of fixed network services to Nkwanta and other towns along the Northern Volta link, which would be completed by October this year while GSM services for Nkwanta would be deployed within the same period.

- Telsom Mobile - a joint venture between Somatel and Telcom Somalia - has introduced per second billing on its pre-paid tariffs. Since launching in December, it has 3,000 subscribers, 95% of whom are pre-paid.