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MTN Rwanda launches BlackBerry service

MTN Rwanda, the country’s largest cellco by subscribers, has launched BlackBerry services on the wireless market, targeting 1,000 customers by the end of the year. It has introduced two devices; the 3G-enabled BlackBerry Bold for RWF430,000 (USD773) and the BlackBerry Curve 8320 on sale at RWF300,000. The cellco’s sales and marketing manager, Yvonne Manzi Makolo, said the device is ‘not for everybody, it is not a mass market product, it is more of a corporate product,’ indicating that MTN Rwanda will target corporate, government and medium-high value customers.

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February 3, 2009 at 20:10 Leave a comment

Rwandatel to import additional GSM enabled phones

Libyan-owned Rwandatel plans to import more GSM-enabled mobile phones in response to growing demand in the local market. Rwandatel’s U120 handsets manufactured by Huawei sold-out a month after their introduction on the local market. According to Patrick Kariningufu, Rwandatel’s chief executive officer, the phones are expected in the country in the next three to four weeks. Rwandatel launched its GSM and W-CDMA network in early December 2008 after its acquisition by LAP Green Network a subsidiary of Libyan African Portfolio. Within the first week it recorded over 55,000 wireless subscribers, increasing to 120,000 in the first three weeks. According to allAfrica.com, the company is set to construct 86 masts by end of February in order to improve its national network coverage.

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January 19, 2009 at 20:26 Leave a comment

Rwandatel signs up 120,000 subscribers (Rwanda)

After the launch of Rwandatel’s GSM Network, it has signed up 120,000 subscribers in three weeks of its operation. The company holds 2G, 3G, and GSM technology early this month, after its acquisition by LAP Green networks a subsidiary of Libyan African Portfolio.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Patrick Kariningufu, revealed that this figure reflected the level of the ‘active subscribers’ Rwandatel had as of 21th December 2008. Kariningufu, further said that ‘the progress is good so far’, while attributing the unexpected number of subscribers within three weeks of operations to better network and service delivery. ‘Our network is getting better every single day and the call tariffs are low compared to our competitors, not forgetting the 100 percent top-up bonus’, adding that,’our 3G mobile phones sold as low as Rwf19, 000 with a lot of features such as radio and web browsing, and this has also brought about an increase in the number of subscribers’.

At present, Rwandatel’s only rival; MTN Rwandacell has slightly more than 1 million subscribers. It is anticipated that there will be a stiff competition in Rwanda’s Telecom market next year after the regulator named the third national operator after an international competitive bidding of which Millicom emerged the winner.

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January 5, 2009 at 19:10 Leave a comment


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