Telkom Kenya to retain calling rates
By Carole Kimutai, Nairobi, Kenya
Integrated Telecommunications Services Provider Telkom Kenya has confirmed that it will maintain its existing local calling rates at KSh 2 for on net calls and KSh 4 for off net calls.
Through a media statement, Telkom Kenya CEO Mickael Ghossein also announced that its promotion, dubbed Usinyamaze revamped, is now a permanent tariff that will enable Orange mobile customers to continue to make free on net calls between 10 am to 5 pm as well as calls at KSh 1 from 5 pm to 10am, for a monthly flat rate of KSh 100 (USD1).
For its Orange wireless customers, the tariff remains at KSh 2 for on net calls and KSh 4 off net, while for a KSh 100 monthly subscription they will continue to enjoy free calls from 7 pm to 7 am.
“In view of the current regulatory environment and existing market dynamics, Orange wishes to confirm its decision to maintain its existing local tariffs. In addition, we continue to closely monitor the FOREX rates and are in consultation with international mobile telecommunication operators in order to mitigate any possible effect the current performance of the shilling could have on our international calling rates,” Ghossein added.
The latest Quarterly Statistics Report released by the industry regulator, the Communications Commission of Kenya, shows that the company’s share grew to 10.7% by June 2011 as compared to 8.5% at the close of 2010.