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Flow to increase some international mobile calls rates

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2016 | 3:00 AMSteven Jackson
Garfield Sinclair, managing director of Cable & Wireless Jamaica/FLOW Jamaica.

Cable & Wireless Jamaica, which trades as Flow, will be adjusting international rates for mobile calls for many countries outside of the diaspora, effective May 23, in an effect to cover currency movements.

These rates will therefore not affect calls to countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Caribbean territories in which Flow operates.

The increased changes will affect many countries segmented in five regions, in addition to inmarsat or satellite phones.

"Devaluation from time to time results in the cost of terminating these calls exceeding the revenue we charge per minute, which we correct by increasing our charge per minute," Flow's Managing Director Garfield Sinclair said in an interview with Sunday Business.

The destinations where the charge will be increased account for less than two per cent of Flow's international outbound traffic, Sinclair added.

The rates for Region A, which include Kenya, Russia, Belize, Taiwan, and many others, will see an increase of 20 per cent, from $25 to $30 per minute. Those for Region B, which include Iran, Ghana, Gabon, Zimbabwe, Libya and others, will see an increase of 11 per cent, rising from $54 to $60 per minute. Rates for Region C, which include South Korea, Greenland, the Maldives, and others, will be decreased by 25 per cent, from $120 to $90 per cent. For Region D, which include Tuvalu, Pacific Ocean Mini M, Cook Islands and Wallis and Futuna will be decreased by 20 per cent, from $150 to $120 per minute. For Region E, which include Antarctica, Solomon Islands, Falkland Islands, Norfolk Island, Ascension Island, and others, will be increased by 50 per cent, from $200 to $300 per minute, according to information posted on Flow's website.

The rates for Haiti will be increased from $25.40 to $35 per minute, while Cuba's will be increased from $66.40 to $90 per minute.

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