Kenya puts mobile termination rates on hold
- Parent Category: Mobile
- Published on 03 July 2012
Kenya’s telecoms industry regulator has delayed lowering the prices operators pay each other for calls originating from rival networks.
In May this year, the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) and Kenya’s Ministry of Information said they planned to cut the country’s mobile termination rates (MTR) to Ksh1.60 per minute from Ksh2.20.
But it appears the CCK has backtracked on its plans, with the organisation’s acting general, Francis Wangusi, not giving reasons for the delay.
Meanwhile, the topic of mobile termination rates has become a sensitive topic in Keyna, with the CCK having said that Safaricom, which has 67.% of the country’s mobile subscribers, earned Ksh868.9 million from the rate in the three months to December last year. On the other hand, an operator such as Airtel, which has 15.7% of Kenya’s mobile subscribers, reportedly paid out Ksh544.2 million in MTR fees.