Cellcos keeping charges high

23 Aug 2006

Kenya’s two cellular operators have been told they are slowing the introduction of lower telephony charges because they will not reduce interconnection fees for internet providers. A report from local newspaper The Standard quotes Jonathan Somen, MD at AccessKenya, who says it is imperative for Safaricom and Celtel to lower the interconnect fees they charge to ISPs for fixed-to-mobile calls so that the price reductions can be passed onto those consumers who use voice-over-IP telephony services. AccessKenya was one of the first firms to receive a VoIP licence from the regulator the CCK in November 2004.

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