Namibia climbs cheap mobile rate ladder

Telecoms

Namibia has moved up in the ranking of most affordable mobile prepaid prices in Africa and currently offers the eighth cheapest price on the continent.

Data released yesterday by Dr Christopher Stork of Research ICT Africa show Namibia's drastic jump from 22nd place in March to the top ten following MTC's recent price drop.

An MTC subscriber in Namibia currently pays US$2,81 locally for a Low User Basket of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2006 definition), Stork said. This equates to 46 minutes and 33 SMSes in a month.

Three months ago, the same basket in Namibia cost US$7,76.

MTC Namibia recently launched a campaign where calls across networks cost 38 Namibian cents, including 100 free SMSes a day subject to recharging.

"This reduces prices from N$1,50 per minute for Tango Per Second to 38 Namibia cents for example - a 75 per cent drop," Stork said.

At the top of the African rankings currently is Egypt with US$1,54. Uganda is in tenth spot, charging US$2,94 for the OECD Low User Basket. South Africa is 40th on the ladder.