Off-Network calling rates will soon bezel close to the price of On-Net calls once UCC’s new interconnection fees structure is fully implemented with effect from this current month (July). With the current telco interconnection public standings at 4/= per second, UCC’s new order aims at reducing the cost to a much favorable fee for all subscribers.
Well, with an effective date of 1st July 2019, UCC’s goal is to have all telecom companies ride with a UGX 55 charge as interconnection fees from UGX 65. As per the telco craze, interconnection fees are rates attracted whenever a subscriber calls another network away from the host network.
For instance, If an MTN customer calls an Airtel number, an Interconnection fee is attracted as the charge MTN has to pay to Airtel to cover up for the call duration. As much as the current cross network call rate is 4/= per second on all major networks, UCC’s implemented rate will see a reduction in the current tariffs to a much favorable node like 3/= per second.
The new Interconnection rates by UCC announcement came in last week during the 2019 telecom forum hosted in Kampala. The UCC director industry affairs and content development, Ms. Juliana Mweheire asserted that SMS and Call prices would soon go down as a result of slashed interconnection fees as she added
The mobile termination rate will be revised from Shs65 to Shs55 per minute for voice while SMS termination rate will be revised from Shs7 to Shs5Ms Juliana Mweheire
All in all, the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC)’s new slashed rates are part of its plans to make communication affordable and possible for all citizens. As a fact, once the new rates are implemented, On-Net offers like Pakalast, My Pakalast will also borrow a new bonus minutes streak as Airtel cruised in Mega Tok offers as the new Gem.