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Telecoms

- Kenyan mobile telephone service provider Safaricom will extend its services to Garissa, Mandera and Wajir in the next three months.

- Celtel Uganda has promised subscribers more value added services this year. The Managing Director, Mr Lars Anderson, told The Monitor, January 15, that the company would "expand the market by opening up services for a broader audience. That is one of the reasons we decided to design a new promotion to last for a month," he said. The promotion that ends February 29, will have Celtel sim packs being sold as low as Shs 12,000 inclusive of Shs 5,000 worth of airtime. Also, customers who get connected before January 31, will make calls to other Celtel subscribers free of charge - between 9.00 pm to 8.00 am till February 29.

- As past of its USD50 million expansion Celtel Zambia Ltd is seeking to link up with other operators in Malawi, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo. It also hopes to snare more than 3,000 new subscribers from both Western and North-Western provinces when it launches its network before the end of March.

- Angola’s cellphone operator Movicel Telecommunication Limited last week in Luanda pledged to put an end this week to the problems that appeared in the system, such as communication disturbances, account losses and hikings and mailbox interference.

- MTC is planning an upgrade of the Windhoek switch at a cost of N$23 million. The switch will be upgraded from a Siemens SR8 to a Siemens SR10. MTC will also have their IN platform upgraded to handle 300 000 Tango customers.