The Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) has announced that call rates — Mobile Termination Rates (MTR) and Fixed Termination Rates (FTR)—will be reduced from March 1, 2024.
MTR and FTRs are interconnection fees that operators charge each other for terminating calls from different networks.
These fees affect the call prices for consumers, as operators can offer lower calling rates when the termination fees are reduced.
The new rate will be Sh0.41 per minute, down from Sh0.58 per minute, for all calls made within Kenya across all mobile networks.
The CAK said that this decision was made to balance the interests of both consumers and operators and to promote affordable and diverse ICT services.
“This decision will have positive outcomes for both consumers and operators. Consumers will now enjoy access to a variety of affordable services across networks, while operators will have more price flexibility in developing more affordable products,” read the statement in part.
The new rate will be valid for two years before review. The CAK also said that the SMS termination rate will remain unchanged at Sh0.05 per SMS and that all operators must update their interconnection agreements by February 1, 2024, according to the CAK’s directive.