CCK belatedly slashes MTR to KES1.44

27 Nov 2012

According to Business Daily Africa, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has lowered the mobile termination rate (MTR) from KES2.21 (USD0.025) to KES1.44. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in August Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki intervened for the second time in as many years to prevent the watchdog from lowering the existing MTR; critics accused Kibaki of acting at the behest of mobile market leader Safaricom and state-owned Telkom Kenya (Orange). The MTR fell from KES4.42 in June 2009 to KES2.21 in July 2010, and was originally scheduled to drop to KES1.44 in June before intense lobbying by Safaricom and Orange forced the president’s hand.