By Staff writer
Celtel International, the biggest pan-African mobile telecommunications operator, has launched what it claims is the first borderless mobile network in the world.
Called One Network, the mobile network allows all Celtel’s East African customers, both prepaid and postpaid, to make calls at local rates, receive incoming calls free of charge and top up their prepaid phones with locally-bought airtime cards.
Users can move across the borders of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda without roaming call surcharges and without having to pay to receive incoming calls.
On crossing the border into another country in the region, the network service is automatically activated.
In addition, Celtel’s prepaid customers, who previously only had access to national calling, can place calls across all three East African countries without restriction.
“I made a promise to all Celtel customers in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda that becoming the only network to have a regional presence in all three markets was just the beginning of our mission to make life better in East Africa. The launch of One Network confirms Celtel’s position as the most innovative mobile phone network in Africa enabling us to deliver an ever better level of service to our customers,” said Celtel International CEO Marten Pieters.
“This major initiative will bring the people of East Africa closer together. One Network truly showcases African innovation at its best and confirms Celtel as the fastest-growing brand in the fastest-growing mobile telephone market in the world,” commented Tito Alai, chief commercial officer at Celtel International.
“In a region historically dependent on freedom of movement across borders, we are now offering a communications solution that fits the needs of our customers, breaking down barriers and making life better for businesses, families and individuals,” he added.
Celtel, a subsidiary of MTC, operates in 14 countries and has more than 15 million customers.