Tag: roaming

Safaricom’s bid for low roaming tariffs thwarted by Rwandan government

Broadband, Mobile
Kenya’s largest telecommunication company Safaricom has cancelled plans to lower all costs and roaming rates between Kenya and Rwanda. Reports CNBC Africa Following introduction of new levies on international calling and roaming tariffs by the Rwandan government between the two countries, Safaricom decided to suspend the proposed tariffs. Safaricom had earlier had intended for its customers visiting Rwanda to make calls to Rwanda's networks at 10 Kenya shillings, a 60 per cent drop from the initial rate of 25 Kenya shillings per minute. “This new developments make it impossible for operators in Kenya and Rwanda to go ahead with the planned downward revision in tariffs. We will therefore revert to the previous tariffs even as we push on with efforts to ensure that we have affordable ca

East Africa to have uniform tariffs for Mobile calls starting October

Internet, Mobile
The East African Community (EAC) has moved a step closer to making the One Network Area initiative a reality, a move that would see subscribers paying a uniform tariff for mobile calls within the region. Reports CIO East Africa As a first step, three EAC member states – Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda – have embarked on a pilot that will see mobile calls from and to within three countries charged at a uniform rate of Kshs 8.7 (US $ 0.10) from October 8 as part of the One Network Area. The two other EAC members – Tanzania and Burundi – will adopt the new call charges from December 31 this year. This will be a slight reduction in the current rates charged for calls within the region, which are of course higher than those charged for calls to either Europe or US. At the moment, it costs Kenyans Ks