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Zimbabwe cuts mobile charges ahead of election

Zimbabwe cuts mobile charges ahead of election

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has reduced local mobile data and internet charges after concluding a cost modelling exercise for telecommunication network services in the country covering mobile, fixed and internet access networks, reports AllAfrica. Potraz said the costing exercise was done by a German company, Detecon International. The new tariffs show out-of-mobile data charges have been reduced to 5 cents per megabyte from 12.5 cents, while the national interconnection rate goes down from 4 cents per minute to 2 cents with effect from 1 July. “POTRAZ director general Gift Machengete said that the ongoing assessment was part of regular exercises by the regulator to ascertain the state of the industry. Research done by Research ICT Africa in 2016 and submitted to the Parliament of South Africa, established that Zimbabwe had the third most expensive mobile data in Africa with the cheapest monthly 1 GB data package at $30. The two most expensive monthly bundles in Africa were South Sudan at $90.83 and Swaziland $30.33.” Meanwhile Quartz Africa notes that cheaper mobile internet charges could help to engage youth in the run up to local government elections on 30 July. “Social media is seen as having a key role in the polls, as a report by Potraz last year showed that WhatsApp alone accounts for 44% of internet usage in Zimbabwe.” Read more and here

  • Monday, 25 June 2018

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