MSI Cellular links the two Congos

Africa's MSI Cellular is providing calls between the two Congos at the price of a local call, ending the previous system of high call charges.

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By  Philip Fenton Published  June 6, 2002

Celtel DRC and Celtel Congo, subsidiaries of MSI Cellular, are allowing Celtel subscribers to call each other at local rates across the Congo river border. Calls, which previously were routed through satellite connections via Europe at international long distance rates, can now by made though a direct microwave link at the cost of a local call.

Celtel DRC and Celtel Congo’s 400,000 subscribers will see significant benefits as cross-border call rates are effectively reduced by around 75% per minute. Furthermore, Celtel is providing cross border capacity free to the two state-owned telecommunications companies in Congo Kinshasa (DRC) and Congo Brazzaville (Republic of Congo).

“This is an important milestone for MSI Cellular in its efforts to build a pan African network,” said Omari Issa, Chief Operating Officer of MSI Cellular. “It demonstrates Celtel’s commitment to its customers, extending the range of affordable call destinations. It is also significant development in African telecommunications regulation, in terms of the leading cross border policies adopted.

“Celtel remains at the forefront of African telecommunications in consistently delivering new customer-focused benefits to meet customer expectations. We continue to plan further network expansion and to bring new benefits to our customers.”

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