Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director-General Ezra Chiloba has handed Kenyans a huge reprieve ahead of the new year, 2022.
Chiloba in a press release has announced the lowering of call rates across all networks after his authority reviewed mobile termination rates (MTRs) and Fixed Termination Rates (FTRs) downwards.
MTRs and FTRS are costs that operators charge each other to allow customers to communicate across networks.
"In the latest review, the Authority has capped the MTRs and FTRs at Ksh0.12 per minute with effect from January 1, 2022," he said.
The telecommunication service providers were implementing MTRs and FTRs of Ksh0.99.
Chiloba stated that the review was prompted by the desire to make call rates affordable to Kenyans so that they can enjoy their communication activities.
"The reviewed interconnection rate is projected to have a positive outcome to both the consumers and operators. At the retail level, consumers will now afford a variety of affordable services across networks.
"At the wholesale level, operators will have more price flexibility when developing innovative and affordable products," get added.
Chiloba also revealed that all stakeholders, including telecommunication operators, were involved in a public participation exercise that led to the reviews.
MTRs and FTRs have also been reviewed in the past including in 2007 and 2010.