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Saturday, 26 July 2008

Celtel's big plans...

Reuters report that the ever expanding Celtel has even bigger plans for domination:

"Customer numbers exceeded 2.3 million in June (from) 1.6 million in June 2007(and) 1.9 million in December 2007. We are optimistic we will reach our target of 2.7 million in December," Venn said

Celtel is also in talks with the government on its plans to launch 3G (third generation network) which will allow it to provide high-speed data communication services, including mobile internet services, Venn said.

"Our efforts to cut the cost of telecommunications are strained by high taxes. About 50 percent of the cost of communications goes to government taxes," he said.

Venn said Celtel was still negotiating for its own international gateway licence with the Communications Authority in a bid to improve international calls, currently routed through the state Zamtel telecoms company.

2 comments:

  1. Venn said Celtel was still negotiating for its own international gateway licence with the Communications Authority in a bid to improve international calls, currently routed through the state Zamtel telecoms company.

    International calls are terrible. Especially outgoing calls seem to rarely connect. Even calling to Zambia is hit and miss at best.

    Does anyone know what is going on inside of ZAMTEL?

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  2. ZAMTEL's main objective is to provide free telephone services to top government, military and quasi-govt officials. I doubt that Celtel will ever be authorised by the current govt to have its own international gateway because that will deprive ZAMTEL of it's only reliable source of revenue.

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