VoIP on the up

22 Mar 2006

The opening up of the Kenyan internet telephony market has seen international calling rates plummet as competition intensifies. A report from Balancing Act claims that prices for overseas calls have fallen by up to 80%, with seven firms now licensed to provide VoIP services. The former monopoly operator Telkom Kenya currently charges 90 cents a minute for calls to the US, while VoIP firms charge around 25 cents a minute. Smaller players such as UUNet are currently billing around USD25,000 a month but the firm expects this figure to rise quickly – as high as USD4 million a month – as more and more consumers switch to internet-based services.

Kenya, Telkom Kenya