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Airtel Africa Calls for Regulation of Free-To-Call Apps That ‘Eat Into’ Mobile Network Revenue


Airtel Africa is calling for regulation of companies that offer free-to-call mobile applications which, according to the telecommunication company, are costing the company a huge amount of revenue. Airtel Africa chief executive Christian de Faria, said that top service providers that offer free calls to consumers are profiting from resources that mobile network operators provide without paying these network operators for their investments. The fact that these service providers are unregulated also means that they do not pay taxes to the government.

(c) Airtel Africa Ceo, Christian De Faria

Speaking at the Telecommunications Union Global Symposium for Regulators in Libreville, Gabon, Mr. de Faria told delegates, “We are happy with the data revolution that is taking place, but new players are riding on our infrastructure and investment, and yet they are not subject to the same taxes and regulation regimes as operators. We expect regulators to help.” The symposium, that began on Tuesday and ends today, brought together heads of international telecommunication companies and regulatory authorities to explore ways in which consumers and operators can benefit from the emerging digital world.

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Mr. de Faria expressed that these services are ‘eating into’ mobile network revenues resulting into losses and subsequent decline of mobile network operators. Delegates in the symposium agreed that there needs to a “leveled playing field” for all operators that will ensure equal competition for operators and telecommunication companies but will also ensure viable investments.



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The Best Blog Is ? : Airtel To Sponsor Kenya Blog Awards 2015

According to Business Today Airtel has announced that it will sponsor this year’s Kenyan Blog Awards slotted for May 2 2015. The award ceremony will bring together bloggers from all categories to battle it out for the top prizes.

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Airtel CEO Adil El And Bake Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya

This year’s theme is ‘Content is King’ and will incorporate online content creators including corporate organizations, celebrities, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), county governments, and national government agencies for an evening to celebrate the growth of the Kenya blogging space.

“Airtel recognises the crucial role that Kenyan bloggers continue to play in providing real-time information hence the reason for our support in their continuous development,” said Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi. Kenya enjoys a substantial number of bloggers where it is ranked third in Africa. There are over 15,000 created Kenyan blogs with the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) having registered 7,000 blogs

“In line with our theme this year, we believe that bloggers continue to play a very important role in creation of quality content. We however need an increase in variety to cover topics such as Agriculture, Health and Education among others from areas that rarely get any coverage. Our goal as BAKE is to ensure that the stories from every Kenyan are told. We believe this can be done. Airtel’s partnership with BAKE as the title sponsors in this year’s awards is clear show of Airtel’s commitment to the promotion of Kenyan local content,” said BAKE Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya.

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