Cell C customers will benefit from reduced call rates to more than 227 countries from 1 September. Following the launch of its 99c per minute call rate to 50 countries in recent months, Cell C has now reduced the call rates to an additional 177 countries.
“We have spent a great deal of time negotiating better termination rates with our international partners. The termination rates, or rates charged by other operators to carry calls on their networks, remain the highest input cost both locally and abroad, when determining call rates,” said Alan Knott-Craig, Cell C CEO.
Knott-Craig said the savings negotiated will be passed on to consumers through reduced international call tariffs. Cell C has also simplified its price plan to ensure more transparency when making calls abroad.
Countries have been grouped into five different zones according to the new call rates and will be available to pre-paid, hybrid and post-paid customers as default rates from 1 September.
Calls will be billed on a per second basis and the new rates will be applicable to fixed line and mobile numbers in the respective countries.
- Zone 1 includes 50 countries at a call rate of 99c per minute. Calling destinations in Zone 1 include Angola, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, the UK and USA.
- Zone 2 includes 53 countries at R1.99 per minute including Argentina, Botswana, Israel, Japan, Mozambique, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.
- Zone 3 includes 66 countries at R2.99 per minute including Cameroon, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mexico, Switzerland and Qatar.
- Zone 4 is priced at R3.99 per minute and includes countries such as Albania, Bulgaria, Chile, Liberia, Sudan and Zimbabwe.
- Zone 5 is priced at R8.99 per minute and includes countries such as Cuba, Djibouti, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Tunisia.
“We will continue to negotiate better rates and where we are able to further reduce rates, we will make amendments,” said Knott-Craig.
All international calls are pure circuit-switched calls (non-VoIP) ensuring the best quality possible.