Zain Saudi slashes mobile tariff following introduction of new MTRs

26 May 2015

Following the Communications and IT Commission’s (CITC’s) decision to reduce Saudi Arabia’s wholesale mobile termination rates (MTRs) by 40% to SAR0.15 (USD0.04) in February 2015, cellco Zain Saudi Arabia has introduced a new unified flat calling rate of SAR0.19 per minute to all networks in the country, Zawya reports. The ‘Khateer’ plan is available to new and existing subscribers and represents 45% reduction on Zain’s previous off-net calling rate of ZAR0.35 per minute.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, on 29 September 2014 the CITC published its ‘Regulation of Wholesale Local Voice Call Termination Rates on Mobile Networks (MTR)’ for public consultation, following a benchmark analysis with several countries at regional and international level. The regulator highlighted that as the wholesale price of SAR0.25 for local voice call termination in Saudi Arabia was well above the world’s average of SAR0.08, it had decided to start regulating MTRs in order to promote competition, protect the interest of end-users and encourage the provision of reliable telecoms services.