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Cameroon regulator Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications (ART) has refused to accept proposed mobile tariffs pitched by operators MTN and Orange for authorisation based on dissatisfaction over suggested off-peak discounts.

"Operators [must] reduce their rate to XAF25 per minute and a significant cut in the SMS tariff"

This follows ART appeals to operators to decrease mobile service fees for off-peak times, with specific reference to voice calls, to make communication in the West African country more affordable.

“Orange did not take up the regulator’s recommendation for the off-peak interconnection rates to be applied on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays,” Jean-Louis Beh Mengue, Chairman at ART, said.

Orange Cameroon submitted proposals for 2013 in June last year, but received no approval for the peak hour rates of XAF32 per minute and off-peak hour rates of XAF30 per minute.

“Operators [must] reduce their rate to XAF25 per minute and a significant cut in the SMS tariff until the process of adopting an interconnection tariff calculation model is completed,” the ART responded to MTN’s identical tariff suggestions.

The ART stands firm that all Cameroon operators should enter negotiations before officially announcing fees to the public.

The fees insisted upon by the regulator is to remain a fixed ultimatum until the complete interconnection tariff calculation model is available.

New Value

MTN Cameroon, telecommunications leader in the Cameroon market, has announced a new value proposition to its subscribers. This new value proposition consists of revolutionary tariff plans that will allow MTN subscribers to call longer and at lower cost.

The offer, MTN Elite, is the first tariff plan unveiled to the public within the framework of this new value proposition. MTN Elite drops communication price to 45 FCFA per minute on the MTN network thereby  rendering mobile telephony  very affordable  and competitively cheaper in  the Cameroon telecommunications marketplace.

The MTN Elite offer is easy to use. It offers many benefits to customers notably:

Regressive rates: The cost per minute for calls from MTN to MTN drops  gradually as the call time increases. The first call minute of the day costs 90F/mn to MTN numbers; all other call minutes of the day are charged at 0.75 F / second;

International calls at 0.75 F / second towards  15 destinations: China, USA, Canada, India, England, France, Nigeria, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Malaysia, South Korea, Sweden, Belgium, Germany;

Data Bonus

Free incoming calls while abroad onroaming on the MTN network;

Data Bonus. The subscriber receives free internet access of 100MB  after consuming  airtime worth at least  7500FCFA  a month. This bonus offer is valid for 30 days

The MTN Elite tariff plan is designed to meet the communication needs of customers that are used to make long local calls and international calls. MTN Elite subscribers automatically receive free access to concierge services and MTN Prestige loyalty  programme .

The MTN Elite tariff plan is available and easily accessible by dialling * 170 * 6 #.

Other tariff plans will soon complete this new value proposition.

According to Ibrahim Abba Gana, Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Cameroon:"with this new Value Proposition, MTN renews its promise to Cameroonians for simple, innovative and affordable solutions to meet their communication needs. The year 2014 will be full of happy news for MTN subscribers. "