Orange to maintain calling rates

Telkom Kenya has announced that it will maintain its existing local calling rates at Kshs 2 for on-net calls and Kshs 4 for off-net calls.

In a press release, Telkom Kenya chief executive Mickael Ghossein said that the firm’s promotion dubbed “Usinyamaze” revamped is now a permanent tariff that will enable Orange mobile customers to continue making free on-net calls between 10 am to 5 pm as well as calls at Kshs 1 from 5 pm to 10 am, for a monthly flat rate of Kshs 100.

For its Orange Wireless customers, the tariff remains at Kshs 2 for on net calls and Kshs 4 off net, while for a Kshs 100 monthly subscription they will continue to enjoy free calls from 7 pm to 7 am.

“In view of the current regulatory environment and existing market dynamics, Orange wishes to confirm its decision to maintain its existing local tariffs.  In addition,  we continue to closely monitor the FOREX rates and are in consultation with international mobile telecommunication operators in order to mitigate any possible effect the current performance of the shilling could have on our international calling rates,” Ghossein added.

The announcement means that Safaricom, currently charging Kshs 4 for on-net and Kshs 5 for off-net calls for its pre-paid subscribers, remains the most expensive network in the country. Airtel Kenya, on the other hand, charges Kshs 1 for on-net and Kshs 3 for off-net calls.


Mickael Ghossein, Telkom Kenya chief executive

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