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Safaricom cuts roaming rates in 21 countries

By Standard Reporter | January 10th 2015

Kenya: Safaricom has announced that it has slashed roaming rates to 21 countries after successful negotiations with global network of partners and regional governments.

Yesterday, the operator said it had created a new roaming bundle that will enable subscribers to enjoy reduced roaming charges in 21 countries located in North and Central Africa, Europe and New Zealand.

In addition, subscribers travelling to Rwanda and the United Arab Emirates will enjoy reduced rates for calls made to Kenya.

“We have aggressively lobbied countries and our partners to ensure our subscribers can enjoy the same reliable communication services they have come to know in Kenya when they travel at significantly reduced rates,” said Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom.

Following the signing of a new agreement with Vodafone affiliates, for Sh200, subscribers can access up to ten minutes of voice services, ten SMS, and 10MBs of data in 21 countries, providing subscribers with a simple solution for their roaming needs.

Safaricom has secured the roaming agreements through its affiliates in Albania, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, and Mozambique among other countries.

In practice, the development means that a subscriber who travels to Egypt will now pay just Sh200 for ten minutes of conversation, down from the previous charges of over Sh900.

Free tool

For subscribers who are travelling to the United Arab Emirates and roaming on Etisalat, calling rates have come down by 85 per cent, while data customers will now pay Sh100 per MB, down from the Sh1,020 that was charged previously.

The news follows Safaricom’s recent announcement of reduction of roaming charges in Rwanda, where costs came down by up to 60 per cent. Collymore said the operator is also pursuing targeted agreements with other countries in the East African bloc such as Uganda and Tanzania.

In order to enhance awareness of the new rates, Safaricom created a free tool that advises subscribers on roaming rates. To access information on roaming, customers can simply dial *200# (for PostPay) or *100# (for PrePay), select “products & services” from the menu, “Safaricom roaming”, select “roaming tariffs and tips” and then enter the country name to get details on roaming tariffs, available roaming services, preferential networks and roaming tips.


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