TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms

- Econet Wireless Nigeria Limited last week started the implementation of the per second billing system. Econet said the Per Second Billing (PSB) platform was switched on midnight Tuesday. Henceforth, subscribers on the Econet network, could chose if they want to be billed per second which costs 80k or per minute which has been reduced to N40 peak period and N36 off-peak on the company’s premium product, Buddie.

- Mic Tanzania Ltd has announced a special festive offer for its subscribers, who can now get a 25 percent discount on calls they make to Buzz numbers of their choice until the 30th of June next year.

- NITEL has concluded arrangement to roll out Global System of Mobile Technology (GSM) to cover Imo State Network before the end of the year.

- Telkom’s proposed average tariff increase of 2,7% for 2004 may look reasonable initially, but puzzling claims and possible omissions from the monopoly’s proposed tariff adjustment could cost business and consumers millions next year, according to the Communications Users Association of SA (Cuasa)."Although Cuasa has not received confirmation from Telkom on its proposed tariff increases, Cuasa assumes that a statement released to SENS is official enough to serve as the basis for informed comment. The association is seeking clarity on various discrepancies associated with the proposed tariffs, as it appears that Telkom’s increases could be around 1,8% higher than they should be," says Cuasa’s Ray Webber.