Celtel expands One Network service to include six countries

MTC subsidiary, Celtel International, the pan-African mobile telecoms company is expanding its One Network service, which is also the world's first borderless mobile network, to include the Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  June 6, 2007

MTC subsidiary, Celtel International, the pan-African mobile telecoms company is expanding its One Network service, which is also the world's first borderless mobile network, to include the Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Democratic Republic of Congo. This comes nine months after the successful launch of One Network in East Africa.

In September 2006, Celtel began offering subscribers in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda the opportunity to move freely across geographical borders without roaming call surcharges and without having to pay to receive incoming calls. It was the first time a mobile company was able to completely remove traditional roaming charges and offer its customers the same services abroad that they could access in their home country such as airtime credit transfer (for prepaid customers) from friends and family; voicemail and customer service in their local languages.

Commenting on the expansion of One Network, Moez Daya, CEO of Celtel International said, "We are delighted to bring 160 million people from East and Central Africa closer together through One Network. In a region historically dependent on freedom of movement across borders, we are now offering a communications solution that fits the needs of our customers, breaking down barriers and making life better for businesses, families and individuals from West to East."

Following One Network extension into Central Africa, postpaid and prepaid Celtel subscribers in all six countries will be able to make calls at local rates, receive incoming calls free of charge and top-up their prepaid phones with locally-bought airtime cards. Alternatively, Celtel's prepaid customers may top up their accounts with airtime prepaid cards they have brought from their home networks, whether in the Republic of Congo, Gabon, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda. The One Network service is automatically activated upon crossing the geographic border into one of the six countries, with no prior registration required or sign-up fee charged.

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