MTN Rwanda scraps roaming charges, slashes call tariffs to Kenya

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MTN Rwanda has announced that it has slashed roaming charges for its customers roaming on all networks in Kenya as it also lowered its call charges.

The country’s  leading  telecom  operators  by  subscriber  and  asset base  says its  move  is  in line with  the  implementation of one Network  area concept   in the  region.

“This is In line with the East Africa One Network Area agreement,” says Teta Mpyisi, Corporate Communications & Public Relations Manager at MTN Rwanda.

Under the arrangement, MTN customers both prepaid and post-roaming on all networks in Kenya will be charged Rwf68 down from Rwf178.

According to telecom experts, roaming refers to the ability for a cellular customer to routinely make and receive voice calls, send and receive data, or have the ability to access other services outside their  home network.

While   MTN Rwanda customers calling Kenya will be charged at Rwf60 per minute from Rwf122while receiving calls while in Kenya which has beenRwf51 is now free.

Meanwhile, MTN subscribers calling Uganda will have to wait as the  operators says it  is  waiting for  Uganda as it reviews  its  policy  framework  to  allow the dipping of roaming fees in the country.

The announcement now clears the air as telecom operators from Kenya  complained that  Rwanda was  hindering the  implementation  of the Eats Africa  one network  by  slapping a tax on  calls  originating outside  Rwanda.

Last week  saw  Kenya’s  largest telecom , Safaricom  withholding its  plan to cut down  call rates  from  Rwanda as well as its  subscribers  calling  Rwanda, something  that  would   affect the much needed uniform  call tariffs in the region.

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