Zamtel international call rates slashed 50% down
ZAMTEL has reduced its international call rates to high traffic destinations by more than 50 percent effective today, May 3, 2011.
The company has slashed call rates to destinations frequently called by most subscribers including India, China, the United States of America, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, South Africa and Tanzania.
Chief commercial officer Amon Jere says Zamtel has decided to pass on the reduction benefits directly to its customers in line with its company policy to provide affordable communication solutions.
“Effective tomorrow, May 3, 2011, our customers will be able to enjoy reduced international call rates to selected high traffic destinations by more than 50 percent.
“We have realised that communication has become a basic necessity, much like food and water; we are committed to providing affordable communication solutions that will enable Zambians to stay in touch and do business affordably,” Mr Jere said.
He said this in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday.
Mr Jere cited the United Kingdom, where customers used to pay K58 per second, but will now be paying K25 per second, representing 57 percent reduction.
“Let me give you another example, for calling India, customers used to pay K20 per second, but starting tomorrow, they will only be paying K9 per second, representing 55 percent reduction,” he said.
When calling China and the United States of America, customers used to pay K20 per second, but they will now enjoy 50 percent reduction by calling at K10 per second respectively.
And Zamtel has reduced its broadband internet services by between 20 to 34 percent with immediate effect.
In February, Zamtel reduced its internet bundle offer to make the service more affordable and help increase national internet penetration in Zambia.
Zambia is ranked amongst countries with the lowest internet penetration in sub-Saharan Africa currently estimated at below 10 percent.
The telecommunication giant slashed its internet modems from K230,000 to K130,000 in a quest to contribute to national development efforts through universal access to information and telecommunication technology.
[Zambia Daily Mail]