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Airtel seeks decrease cellular tariffs for small telco gamers


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Mr Prasanta Das Sarma, Airtel Kenya chief govt officer, throughout a previous product promotion. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Abstract

  • The telco stated decrease tariffs generally known as cellular termination charge (MTR) would assist rectify market imbalances, marking its newest push to halt the dominance of Safaricom.
  • Trade regulator Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) final month reduce the charges from Sh0.99 to Sh0.12 per minute even after it stated Airtel’s proposal can be reviewed in a value analysis afterward.

Airtel misplaced a bid to have small telcos pay 50 % lower than Safaricom #ticker:SCOM within the charges that the companies cost each other for interconnecting prospects on their networks.

The telco stated decrease tariffs generally known as cellular termination charge (MTR) would assist rectify market imbalances, marking its newest push to halt the dominance of Safaricom.

Trade regulator Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) final month reduce the charges from Sh0.99 to Sh0.12 per minute even after it stated Airtel’s proposal can be reviewed in a value analysis afterward.

“Airtel proposed uneven charges whereby the smaller gamers pay 50 % lower than the biggest operator,” says the CA in a evaluate of stakeholder views gathered earlier than it reduce the MTR.

“Airtel are of the opinion that asymmetrical interconnection charges over a hard and fast time period, are a instrument that regulators can use to right the imbalance in competitors and convey reduction to small operators.”

Safaricom didn’t submit views on the MTR charges with analysts saying Telkom Kenya and Airtel would be the most important beneficiaries of the proposal together with shoppers.

“The proposal on symmetric vs uneven charges shall be thought of throughout the detailed community price examine,” stated the regulator.

Airtel’s proposal mirrors practices by European nations which have adopted an analogous charges mannequin that’s known as uneven MTRs.

Nations deploy the mannequin to help new entrants to compete towards the established or dominant gamers within the telecommunications business.

In Europe, the small gamers or new entrants take pleasure in decrease MTR charges for as much as 4 years which is taken into account lengthy sufficient to realize a market share of between 15-20 %, which is taken into account because the minimal environment friendly scale.

Airtel’s proposal is amongst a number of by the corporate and Telkom Kenya, which the companies say are essential to cope with what they describe as imbalances out there.

Safaricom’s share of the voice market in December rose to the best degree in three years, cementing the telco’s dominance because the shares of its rival dropped.

The CA knowledge reveals Safaricom’s share of the voice market grew to 69.2 % within the three months to December from 64.7 % in September.

Airtel’s share of the voice market dropped to twenty-eight.5 % within the interval below evaluate from 32.1 % in September whereas Telkom Kenya’s share fell to 2.2 % from three %.

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