Major operators and the Kenya Communications Authority (KCA) have mutually agreed to set new interim mobile termination rates (MTR) and fixed termination rates (FTR).
In a joint statement, Safaricom, Telkom, Airtel, Jamii Telecom and the KCA detailed operators have agreed to set the rate at KES0.58. The KCA said it expects customer calling rates will be “significantly reduced” – the interim rates went into effect this month and will apply over the next 12 months.
The authority will review the effect of the rates on the market and apply new rates if needed after that time period.
The new rate of KES0.58 is expected to incentivise operators to invest in “quality and innovation” while enabling affordable connectivity for customers.
In December 2021, the KCA reduced rates from KES0.99 to KES0.12 but adhered to a petition submitted by operators to the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal challenging the decision. Operators feared the low rate would hit profits and revenue.