Zim-Potraz lowers mobile data tariffs

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Gracious Madondo

Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has lowered the cost of local mobile data and internet charges after completing a cost modelling exercise for telecommunication network service providers in the country.

In a statement, Potraz said the cost reduction survey and exercise was conducted by Detecom International a Germany technology consulting company.

“The cost exercise was done by Detecom International in 2014. The Authority re-engaged Detecom International in 2017 to update the Long Run Incremental Costing (LRIC) models on account of emerging market trends in terms of changing consumer behavior which is moving from being voice-centric to being data-centric as well as technology evolution, in particular the impact the impact of Over-The-Top services on voice tariffs as well as the roll out of new technologies like Long Term Evolution,” read the statement.

Potraz said the out-of Data mobile data shall be reduced from the current 12, 5 cents per megabyte to 5 cents per megabyte with effect from 1 July 2018.

It said Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) charges shall be reduced from 12, 5 cents per session to 5 cents per session in order to address the high transaction costs of electronic payments.

National interconnection rates shall be reduced from the current 4 cents per minute to 2cents per minute.

Potraz said the threshold for mobile voice data and SMS shall be revised in due course while internet charges shall be left to market forces subject to regulatory approval.

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