Celtel gears up for increased competition

20 May 2008

The Kenyan mobile operator Celtel has slashed its off-peak tariffs as it prepares for the entrance of two new players to the country’s cellular market. Charges for pre-paid users will fall to KES3 (USD0.047) a minute for evening and weekend calls between Celtel customers, with this fee including taxes and call set-up charges. Peak-rate tariffs for calls to other Celtel users will be unaltered at KES4 per minute before set-up fees and taxes. Celtel currently claims second place in Kenya’s mobile market behind Safaricom. These two, which shared almost 11.4 million subscribers at the end of 2007, will soon face two new competitors in the shape of Econet Wireless and Telkom Kenya.

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