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Monday, 21 June 2010

Full international gateway liberalisation? 2nd Edition

Finally, we can answer yes, to this question originally posed here. The government has finally reduced its international gateway license fee from US$12 million to $350,000.

The new gateway license fee puts Zambia closer to other countries in the region including Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, which are experiencing massive investment in the telecom sector. International gateway fees are $214, 000 in Kenya and $50,000 in Uganda. Perhaps we also now know that this is what Mr Kaira meant by reasonable?

This is consistent Information and Communications Technology Bill 2009. This issue of course brings to closure many discussions we have had on this in the last three years. The first ever post to call for gateway liberalisation can be found On proceeding with care.

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