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26 October, at 18 : 02 PM Print
In the wake of being fined for providing poor communication services, Rwanda’s leading telecom provider MTN Rwanda has slashed internet charges for Blackberry users by 40 percent on all blackberry packages.
The monthly subscription fee of blackberry internet services (blackberry absolute) was reduced Rwf12,000 from Rwf20,000 while weekly fees were slashed from Rwf6,000 to Rwf4,000.
Other reductions were made on the blackberry enterprise service fee- from Rwf20, 000 to Rwf12, 000 per month. Blackberry internet service (blackberry absolute) plus blackberry enterprise service were reduced from Rwf25, 000 per month to Rwf15, 000 and from Rwf7, 000 to Rwf5, 000 per week.
MTN clients have in recent days raised complaints over poor internet connection and shortage of network, which compelled the government regulatory body Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), to take serious measures on the major telecoms in the country.
However MTN has stated that these services will be improved with an aim of support of Rwanda government’s policies to create and promote mainstream technology in Vision 2020, which policies by purpose, rank among the most ambitious in Africa.
Some clients have also raised complaints over high charges in the telecommunication sector and apparently MTN is currently facing stiff competition from Tigo and Bharti Airtel, which may change the trend in the near future
After the downfall of the government owned telecom- Rwandatel, Rwanda has remained with three main telecommunications companies and MTN is the country’s largest telecom operator with 3.2 million subscribers; it controls 62 per cent of the market share.