Standard Group CEO Orlando Lyomu. [David Gichuru, Standard]

Telkom subscribers will now be able to access the Standard Group’s digital versions of print content via their smartphones at only Sh20 and at a zero-rated data rate.

In a partnership deal signed yesterday, each e-paper of The Standard and The Nairobian will cost Sh20, payable via airtime. Also available are the daily newspaper pullouts that one may opt for at Sh5 each.

The partnership seeks to make content more conveniently and instantly accessible to news consumers, regardless of their physical location.

“We are excited to partner with Telkom to make our e-paper available to readers everywhere,” said Standard Group Chief Executive Orlando Lyomu.

“Readers can now access an array of high quality journalism products from the Standard Group at the click of a button at an affordable price.”

To register for the service, customers will simply need to dial *550# via their Telkom lines, buy their select e-paper by picking a Daily or Weekly option, or the pullout of their choice, proceed to make the purchase and read via a link.

“This partnership allows readers to have a choice; they can select their favourite pullout at a very affordable rate,” Lyomu said.

“It is convenient, offers more options for customers, and is affordable,” he said.

Telkom CEO Mugo Kibati said simplifying people’s news consumption, and at favourable price, resonates with the company’s mission to provide the best value for a simpler life, efficient business and stronger communities.

“This partnership strengthens our proposition as a technology company of the future, one that is integrating technology to simplify content accessibility during this period, and as the country and the world continue to progressively digitise more aspects of every day life,” he said. 

“This is the new normal and we are excited to be part of this universal journey, working with the media industry to help power their digitised content to consumers.”   

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