MTN slashes call rates
By Ibrahim Kasita
MOBILE phone company MTN has slashed call rates promising to offer quality and reliable services to its consumers during the festive season.
Calling from other networks to MTN will now cost sh380, down from sh450 during peak hours, while sh290 will be charged during off-peak, down from sh360 a unit.
MTN fixed line callers will part with sh380, down from sh450 during peak hours and sh290, down from sh360 during off-peak hours.
Erik van Veen, the chief commercial officers, explained that the lower rates come at a time when the company had accomplished its $60m network upgrade.
â€œThe lower rates, which have come right in the festive season have been made possible by the successful completion of the $60m network upgrade that NTN embarked on this year to meet the challenges of the phenomenal growth in its subscriber base in 2006,â€ he said.
â€œThe expansion means that the network can now accommodate a lot more calls at any one time. Over 2,900 transceivers have been added to the network, making it possible for an additional 16,000 simultaneous calls to be made on the network bringing congestion back down within international best practice benchmarks.â€