Following successful negotiations with its global partner networks, Safaricom has reduced its call and data roaming charges by up to 99 per cent for more than 200 networks in 52 countries across the globe.
“Our continued push to provide more value to customers is underpinned by our continued desire to empower customers so that we retain a relationship based on trust,” Bob Collymore, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Safaricom said.
Safaricom subscribers will be able to enjoy reduced data roaming rates at Kshs14 per megabyte (MB) and make calls at reduced rates by selecting their network of choice in the destinations they travel to outside Kenya, based on the rates on offer.
In Africa, Safaricom subscribers will be able to enjoy reduced data roaming rates at Kshs14 per MB in: Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania.
And across the world including: China, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Netherlands Germany, Italy, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Thailand.
In China for instance, a popular destination for Kenyan businesspeople, voice calls will now cost Kshs50 per minute to call back home from the previous rate of Kshs360 per minute. Data pricing will fall from Khs 1, 900 per MB to Kshs14 per MB on China Mobile and China Unicorn. Calls within China will cost Kshs10 down from Kshs130 per minute.
The announcement comes at a time when statistics from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) show a decline in mobile voice traffic and volume of short messages received from other countries.
The new rates will be applicable on both Prepay and Postpay services.