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Safaricom slashes Kenya & Rwanda roaming rates

Mobile phone service giant Safaricom has slashed its call and roaming rates between two its home country Kenya and the republic of Rwanda. The new rate cut has already been rolled out and will allow its customers visiting Rwanda to receive up to 60 percent discount.

Safaricom customers who visit Rwanda will make calls to local Rwandan networks at only Kshs. 10. This is a 43 percent drop from the previous rate of Kshs. 17.50 per min. All customers making international calls from Kenya to Rwanda, or the other way round, will be billed at a flat rate of Kshs. 10 per minute.

While making the announcement, Safaricom’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore said : “These are the early wins of the joint lobbying initiative between operators in both countries and their respective governments over the past one year. We strongly believe that by having affordable regional calling rates, we will be playing a big role in boosting regional commerce and social integration within the EAC.”

The new move has been enabled by the scrapping of prohibitive taxes and levies enforced by Rwanda for receiving calls while roaming in Rwanda – which previously stood at about Kshs. 25 per minute.

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