I received a very nice note from Suzanne Drouilh of Nairobi providing
the following information. Thanks Suzanne!
Jeff @ Harare
KPTC current charges, January 1997
KENSTREAM service (digital lines)
Monthly Standing Charges for International leased half-circuits:
14,400bps to 31,200bps USD.5,760+VAT@15%= USD. 6,624
32,000bps to 64,000bps USD.8,200+VAT@15%= USD. 9,430
128,000bps USD.16,350+VAT@15%= USD.18,802.5
Monthly Rental fee per DTU Kshs.15,000+VAT15% = 17250,
i.e. @1USD=55 = USD.314
Thus a 64kbps digital line would have a total monthly cost of USD.9,744 for the
half-circuit originating from KPTC. You have to add the cost of the
half-circuit from abroad. In the case of the USA, that cost is approximately
USD.4,000-5,000, depending on the carrier.
International traffic, especially for North America and Europe, is now mostly
routed through satellites (Longonot and Kericho dishes). I understand that
established carriers operate their own direct lines to and from satellites and
offer leased circuits through KPTC.
NB. KENSAT service (domestic VSAT network) is not available yet. Since this
is to be a domestic service, it has been indicated that, when it starts
operations, it will communicate internationally through KENSTREAM lines.
NB. KPTC International Telecommunications tariffs have been reduced with
effect from January 1, 1997.
For instance, to Europe, North America and Australia:
- Standard rates (Mon. to Fri.: 07:00-21:00)
from USD.3.00 to USD.2.50 per minute
- Economy rates (Mon. to Fri.: 21:00-02:00)
from USD.2.55 to USD.2.00 per minute
- Discount rates (02:00-07:00)
(Sat. 21:00 through Mon.07:00)
from USD.2.55 to USD.1.70 per minute
NB. There was no reduction in KENSTREAM or KENPAC charges corresponding to that
of International Telecommunications tariffs.