KENYAN REGULATOR CCK URGES MOBILE PHONE OPERATORS TO LOWER INTER-CONNECTION RATES

Telecoms

Communication Commission of Kenya on Thursday stepped up pressure on the country's two mobile operators to lower their inter-connectivity charges.

CCK Commissioner General John Waweru said the prevailing rates were too high and beyond the reach of most subscribers. He said the recent marginal drop in the rates by the two operators - Safaricom and Celtel - had little impact on the market.

He said CCK was mediating discussion with the two operators to see how best the issue can be resolved."This will help us reduce the digital divide between the urban and rural areas," said Waweru.

He was addressing participants at the start of a two-day East and Central Africa GSM Conference held in Mombasa. The international conference has been organised by the world's leading telecommunications research and conference organizer, Informa Telecoms & Media, of the United Kingdom and endorsed by the global GSM Association.

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