Kenya President Calls for Reduced Calling Charges
Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has added his voice to the call for reduced calling charges.
Speaking at the official launch of Zain (formerly Celtel) last week, Kibaki said that the government has made available cheaper technology, which can reduce costs for telecommunication companies.
The government has zero-rated duty on all computers and computer accessories, including telecommunications equipment, as a way of encouraging growth in the ICT sector, he said.
With the liberalized telecom sector, Kenyans can expect to reap benefits through cheaper calling rates and improved access, Kibaki added.
The president also challenged telecom companies to expand their networks to rural areas, where a majority of Kenya's people live without service.
Citing the reduced calling charges within the Zain network, Kibaki underscored the need for continued innovation in linking networks across Africa and the Middle East, adding that it would greatly reduce call charges for business travelers across the two continents.
"This will make it cheaper and easier for businesses and families operating in Africa and the Middle East," Kibaki said.