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Rwanda’s BlackBerry market hots up with Airtel entry

18 December, at 08 : 20 AM Print

Airtel posted this picture on Twitter of its BlackBerry on offer (Courtesy photo)  Telecom firm Airtel Rwanda has also entered the BlackBerry market in Rwanda – offering prices way below those of its local competitors in providing the high-end service.

Airtel Rwanda announced the launch on its social media pages. The tariffs will be as follows: BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS): 750 RWF Daily, 2500 RWF weekly, 7500 RWF monthly, while the BlackBerry Entreprise Services (BES) 10,000RWF monthly.

In October, Airtel competitor, MTN Rwanda, slashed BlackBerry services by 40pc.

MTN’s Blackberry internet services was reduced to Rwf12,000 from Rwf20,000 while weekly fees were slashed from Rwf6,000 to Rwf4,000.

As for Blackberry enterprise service fee, they dropped 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 Rwf5,000per week.

In the case of TiGO Rwanda, the prices are similar to MTN’s. The service is now at RWf4,000 a week and Rwf12,000 a month.

South African owned MTN Rwanda is the largest operator with more than 2.9million subscribers, followed by TiGO at 1.6million clients. Airtel, a new entrant in the Rwanda telecom market, is still catching up with its dominant competitors.

In total, the sector has up to 4.7million clients – shared amongst the three firms.

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