The BlackBerry 8700 and BlackBerry 8100 will be hitting Kenya June 20th. via Safaricom, much to the shagrin of Celtel, who was looking to bring the service in the near future. Ongoing spats with the Communications Commission of Kenya has resulted in some harsh wireless taxations, which both carriers have been fighting.
“The cost of making mobile calls in Kenya today is the highest in the region and amongst the highest in the world”, observed [David Murray, Celtel CEO]. “Lowering the cost of airtime through reduced taxation would lead to more people being linked to mobile telephony as the cost currently is the biggest barrier to potential subscribers”, he added.
Oh man, Canada hears you, Kenya.