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Airtel reduces its cross-network call rates following regulator's directive

Airtel Kenya has welcomed the decision by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) to further reduce Mobile Termination Rates (MTR) from KES 0.58 per minute to KES 0.41 per minute, effective March 1, 2024.

The telco said in a statement that this move taken by CA reflects a commitment to fostering affordable communication and seamless connectivity for the benefit of all Kenyan consumers.

“Historically, high termination rates have presented challenges for service providers in delivering flexible and affordable call rates across networks. Therefore, we hope that MTRs will continue to decrease for the utmost benefit of consumers,” Mr. Ashish Malhotra, Managing Director of Airtel Kenya, said.

New Airtel Kenya Rates and Call Minutes

With the revised MTR and network expansion, Airtel has revamped its Tubonge AllNet and Tubonge On Net plans. The pricing of their Weekly and Monthly Tubonge plans has been reduced, and SMS has been introduced as part of the packages to enable customers to talk and text more for less.

”With this reduction, the bundles not only become more affordable but also brings in the convenience of having to buy one bundle for a longer duration where customers can Talk/Text bila worries to any Network” Mr. Ashish added.

Airtel Kenya’s weekly Tubonge AllNet bundle will now be KES 80 for 100 minutes and 100 SMS across networks, while the monthly bundle will be KES 250 for 300 minutes and 300 SMS. For Tubonge On Net, the weekly bundle has been revamped to KES 50 for 100 daily minutes and SMS, while the monthly will now be KES 150 for 100 daily minutes and SMS

“In line with our commitment to enhancing communication accessibility, Airtel is actively expanding its network to enhance capacity, coverage, and quality.” Mr. Ashish said

From Dec 2023 till now, Airtel notes that it deployed over 300 new sites, bringing its total tally of sites across the country to over 3700.