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Safaricom cuts data charges by 42% lower than Airtel and Telkom

Interim CEO Michael Joseph photo in Nairobi. Photo| Nation
Safaricom interim CEO Michael Joseph in a press statement at Safaricom Centre, Nairobi. Photo | NATION
Safaricom cuts data charges to merge those from other telecommunication companies in Kenya. Speaking in Nairobi Safaricom centre, interim CEO Michael Joseph said the move came when Vodacom South Africa cut data tariffs across African countries in order to stay in the competition.

Safaricom cuts data charges by 42% which will be in line with other companies. The comes as a result of the company's declining data market across the country.

Vodacom’s operations in DR Congo lowered data charges by 29.2 per cent, followed by Lesotho (28.9 per cent), South Africa (23.3 per cent) and Tanzania (13.8 per cent) in the review.

Some of its data charges per MB are between Sh0.12 and Sh0.2, matching or rivalling those offered by Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya, which plan to merge their operations.

"In the context of our commitment to drive digital inclusion, and given the tough consumer environment, we recognise the imperative to further lower data prices in some of our markets, while ensuring that this does not compromise our ability to make the investments in network and IT infrastructure needed to broaden service delivery and maintain high-quality offerings,” Vodacom says in the report.

The company further stated that it will cut down further data and call service to get back into the original state. 


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