Major Ugandan operator introduces low standardised call charges

Pan-African calls are now set to be standardised for subscribers of Airtel Uganda. The operator has announced new harmonised calling rates to all African destinations, cutting costs for Ugandans who communicate with family, friends and business associates across the continent. 

Customers can now call any destination in Africa for 10/- per second. . Calls within East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC) as well as calls to Nigeria and South Africa will cost even less, at 6/- per second. Calls to many African destinations typically cost between 450/- to 1500/- on other networks.

Commenting on the new rates, Mr. Somasekhar VG., Managing Director, Airtel Uganda, said: “ Aitel is committed to connecting the continent and breaking any cross-border communication barriers through providing affordable communication. The lower rates will not only allow Ugandans to talk more, the increased communication will also play a role in promoting trade and commerce across Africa.” 

The importance of connecting the Ugandan population to the rest of the continent is recognised by corporations as well as the government. Speaking at the launch event, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, Minister of ICT in Uganda explained that the reality of closing the communication divide in Africa is only going to be made possible when we respond to the growing need for people to communicate by providing innovative and advanced ICT solutions that make mobile telephony and other communication available and affordable to all.

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