Safaricom cuts roaming prices in Africa and Europe

Operator to reduce roaming rates in 21 countries
Bob Collymore, chief executive of Safaricom.
Bob Collymore, chief executive of Safaricom.

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Safaricom has announced lower charges when using their phones in parts of Europe and Africa.

Nairobi-based operator has signed agreements with international operators and governments which allow it to offer lower roaming rates in 21 countries.

Charges will be reduced in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho and Mozambique. The UK, Germany and Spain are some of the destinations included in Europe.

Subscribers will be able to access 10 minutes of voice calls, 10 text messages and 10 megabytes of data for just 200 Kenyan Shillings ($2.2).

"That's a significant reduction. In most of these countries previously these call rates were about four times higher or more," said Bob Collymore, chief executive of Safaricom, speaking to the BBC.

Vodafone owns 40% of Safaricom's shares and the Kenyan government controls 35%. 

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