Telecoms – In brief


Telecom operators in Rwanda have began revising downwards their SMS and data charges from Rwanda to countries within the Northern Corridor region marking the beginning of the second phase of the One Network Area. The revised costs will apply to SMS charges from Rwanda to Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan. Tigo Rwanda was the first to lower the charges on Tuesday this week by about 45 per cent, from Rwf75 to Rwf45. MTN Rwanda, the country's leading telecom company with about 50 per cent of the market share, is expected begin implementing the initiative today (Thursday) by slashing their prices to Rwf45, from Rwf60, according to the firms public relations officer, Teta Mpyisi. On average, sending an SMS to any of the four countries cost about Rwf70 and an average of Rwf24 for messages within Rwanda.  Previously making calls to regional countries was more expensive than calling Europe, America or Asia. On average, the calling cost dropped from $0.28 (Rwf193) to $0.1 (Rwf68) per minute. Mukaruliza said the scrapping of roaming charges for calls in the first phase had seen total traffic more than double in recent months.

MTN has launched a mobile token, a mobile identity initiative into the Nigerian market.
MTN Token is a SIM-based authentication service that enables immediate and secure verification of subscribers' digital identity and transactions via their mobile devices.
The token was conceptualised to meet the needs of customers who want a fool-proof validation/authentication platform for performing services that include: cash-less payment on e-commerce websites, financial transactions on e-banking portals, card-less transactions on ATM Terminals, customer digital identity on websites hosting confidential information like insurance, pension and taxation web portals and staff identity on workforce mobile service.