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KENYA’S SAFARICOM USES VOIP TO HALVE INTERNATIONAL CALL RATES

Users of Safaricom, Kenya's largest mobile phone service provider, will this month receive a 50% cut on international call rates through a VoIP-enabled services.

Safaricom revealed that its international gateway license would be ready by the end of this month. The license will enable the company access international gateway without going through Telkom Kenya's network. Ultimately this means that additional costs incurred by usage of Telkom's facilities will be removed enabling Safaricom to pass the advantage to its subscribers.

A call to the US currently at Ksh120 is expected to fall as low as Ksh48. Michael Joseph, Safaricom's CEO said the company had received a firm commitment from the Communication Commission of Kenya that it would receive its licence at the end of the month.

East African Business Week

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