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MTN, UTL lower call charges

By Vision Reporter

Added 9th February 2008 03:00 AM

Telecommunications companies have started reducing their tariffs just a day after newcomer, WARID Telecom started its operations in Uganda.

Telecommunications companies have started reducing their tariffs just a day after newcomer, WARID Telecom started its operations in Uganda.

By Emmy Olaki

Telecommunications companies have started reducing their tariffs just a day after newcomer, WARID Telecom started its operations in Uganda.

MTN Uganda yesterday announced another 10% reduction, after an earlier price cut in December. Uganda telecom also announced a reduction of almost 10% on the extra profile and close to 22% on the standard profile. The new tariffs take immediate effect.

“Our customers can now make calls on the MTN PayGo per second tariff plan for sh7 per second and will be calling other networks for a flat fee of sh320 per minute,” said chief commercial officer Erik van Veen.

Calls within the MTN network on the PayGo standard have dropped from sh380 to sh320 per minute during peak hours, while calling other networks comes down from sh560 to sh480. Calls off peak go from sh290 to sh270 within the MTN network and from sh460 to sh400 to other networks.

For sms messages during peak hours, rates fall from sh12 to sh9 within the network, and to other networks from sh12 to sh11. Off peak, the price drops from sh4 to sh3 within the MTN network, while it remains at sh4 to other networks.

On Uganda telecom, calls to Utl fixed and mobile numbers drop from sh280 to sh260 and from sh400 to sh350 to other networks on the standard profile.

On the extra profile, prices fall from sh320 to sh300 to Utl fixed and mobile lines as well as to other networks but the rate drops to sh240 per minute after the third minute. Although observers believe the price cuts are a result of fierce competition, MTN officials say they made a promise to their customers to cut prices, while Uganda telecom officials said that the reduction was aimed at providing more affordable access to their customers.

MTN, UTL lower call charges

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