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MNOs in tariff increase to suit official rate

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Mobile network operators have been increasing tariffs over the past few weeks after the telecoms regulator gave a green light for the increase.

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) in July approved telecom operators to base their pricing on the interbank rate.

In a notice to mobile operators Potraz said, “In order to facilitate dual pricing under the new exchange rate regime, the authority hereby advises all licences postal and telecommunication operators that the implementation of the dual pricing system shall entail converting the current ZWL tariffs to USD denominated tariffs at an exchange rate of USD1:ZWL25 to arrive at the base USD denominated tariffs,”

The approval hence prompted Telecoms to increase their tariffs with Telecel making the first move , followed by Netone while Econet notified customers yesterday of a tariff review with effect from 04 August 2020.

For users on Econet following todays review on data , sms and call tariffs voice charges are now pegged at ZWL$0.0722 per second.

Customers will now pay as much as ZWL$0,8668per mb for data, whilst SMSs now cost ZWL$1.0980 per sms.

Econet seems to be charging its customers more as compared to other mobile network operators.

Last week review on July 29 by Netone saw call tariffs being pegged at ZWL$4.11 per minute and ZWL$0,0685 per second.

With data cost pegged at ZWL$0.84 per mb , and sms costs going for ZWL$1.O9.

Telecel made the first move to review tariffs following the green light from Potraz however , the mobile network operator data costs are low compared to other networks.

Telecel customers are being charged ZWL$0.83 per mb, with sms costs pegged at ZWL$1.091 while making phone calls cost ZWL$0.068 per second.
The increase will now see Zimbabweans paying more to make calls and use the internet , despite the pleas to reduce data with the hashtags data must fall.

However, Telecoms companies have been pursuing for a tariff hike to cover for rising operating costs, as the economy worsens and inflation soars.

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