Tuesday, 19 July 2011

30th Anniversary marked (Bahrain)

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration Batelco has announced a deal for its mobile users with unlimited calling time for on-net national calls to mobiles and fixed lines for only BHD 4 (USD ) per month . For post-paid users the service will automatically be renewed monthly, while for pre-paid the service will be available for 30 days from the subscription date. Batelco FreeTime 20 and Super Zero packages are excluded; although users can switch to a different package to benefit from the service.

MTC schemes out rural expansion (Namibia)

MTC says it is planning to extend its network in some of the most rural areas after concluding a series of consultations with regional Governors initiated in 2010. MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo said the consultations were ‘fruitful and insightful’. A schedule for the roll-out is being prepared. In 2010 MTC upgraded its coverage of the main road network, and equipped 46 sites for 3G and also expanding 2G capacity at 123 sites. MTC plans to invest NAD 800 million (USD 113.2 million) over the next two years on infrastructure.

Better Blackberry offerings (Oman)

Oman Mobile is offering discounts for BlackBerrys. It has cut the cost of the BlackBerry (Torch) 9800; BlackBerry (Bold) 9780; BlackBerry (Curve) 9300 and the (Pearl) 9105. It has already launched tariffs for Hayyak pre-paid with extended usage from 10 MB to 30 MB and the BlackBerry light service for Mada post-paid with increased usage capacity from 50 MB to 100 MB.

STC expands Broadband TV offering (Saudi Arabia)

STC has increased the number of channels for its interactive television service (Invision) to 150 with 3 months free subscription. This features Video on Demand. The basic package now includes 50 channels up from 19. STC is offering a 3-month free promotional offer. Invision was launched by STC in July 2010 allowing access to users with home broadband packages.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Mobile Number Portability launched (Bahrain)

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s (TRA) Number Portability (NP) started on Sunday 17 July for mobile telephony (fixed telephony from 4 October 2011). TRA Chairman Dr. Mohammed Al Amer said NP was a “shift towards a consumer-centric telecom industry in Bahrain…”. The TRA expects up to 20 percent of mobile subscribers to use NP.