Telkom Kenya has announced the launch of Free Zones for its pre-paid voice customers.
The Telkom Free Zones are selected areas where Telkom offers free calls, all day and all night, with no conditions.
This comes just days after the telco launched a free 10GB night-time data offer.
Telkom says the introduction of the free zones is part of the company’s commitment to offer more value and benefit to its customers.
Telkom Kenya’s Mobile Division MD, Amer Atwi, says: “Our customers remain at the heart of what we do and we are always excited to give them a stronger value proposition.”
He added, “The introduction of the Telkom Free Zones targets to provide customers with more opportunity to communicate, while at the same time getting to enjoy our network quality.”
All one needs is to activate their Telkom line with as little as Kshs 50.
Atwi adds, “One does not need to subscribe to a specific offer or bundle to enjoy the Telkom Free Zones. Whenever you are in a Telkom Free Zone, all your Telkom-to-Telkom calls will be automatically free.”
Calls made to other networks will still be charged at the prevailing Pay As You Go (PAYG) rate of Kshs 3.30 per minute.
The Telkom Free Zones have so far been launched in the larger Nyanza region – Kisumu, Siaya, Homabay and South Nyanza.
Other Free Zone areas are Machakos, Muranga, Nyahururu, Eldoret, Cherangany and Turbo – with more zones to be announced soon.
Telkom’s data offer is meant for its prepaid subscribers who sign up for the Kshs999 bundle that grants them 7GB Data and 300 minutes to any network.
Subscribers will get up to 10GB free Data, every night, until mid-January, 2019, as long as the customer has a valid bundle.
Announcing the launch of the new offer, Atwi said, “Through the free data, we enable our customers to experience our Data.”
Any unutilized free data will be forfeited at 6am.
When subscribers sign up for another bundle before the existing one expires, the data and minutes will accumulate but the free data allocation will not.
This comes as the firm intensifies its network expansion and densification across the country to ensure availability to subscribers and enhance indoor coverage.
This involves expanding the 4G network and optimizing the 3G and 2G network.
Just recently, Telkom signed a loan agreement worth Kshs.4.1 Billion with the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The EIB is financing several projects in East Africa with both private and public entities benefiting.
At a ceremony in Nairobi, EIB announced four new projects it will support in Kenya and the wider East-African region.
The four projects will receive loans worth of USD78 million, a large part of which will be disbursed in Kenyan Shillings, to minimize the risk of currency volatility for the Bank’s counterparts.
For Telkom, the funds were to expand the coverage and capacity of Telkom’s network, in response to growing customer demand.
In November, Telkom Kenya appointed Mugo Kibati as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) replacing Aldo Mareuse who is moving on to pursue other interests having led the company from mid-2016.
In October, Telkom said it was considering laying off and terminating services of about 500 employees in an intended workforce-restructuring exercise.