Econet hikes data charges after Potraz nod

Econet hikes data charges after Potraz nod
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Zimbabwean mobile subscribers have been hit by an increase in broadband tariffs following a directive by the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, to set new floor prices for voice and mobile data bundles.

ZIMBABWE’S mobile network operator Econet Wireless has increased its data charges in line with the floor prices set by the regulator.

Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) set the floor price for data at 2 cents per megabyte (MB) while traditional voice service at 12 cents per minute with effect from January 9.

The regulator urged operators to review their charges and promotions in line with the floor charges.

Econet introduced three monthly plans — light, medium and heavy — at an average of US$100, US$44, US$23 per gigabyte.

Its cheapest bundles went from costing US$1 for 250MB per day to 10MB per for the same amount.

Zimbabwe’s monthly charges remain higher compared to neighbouring South Africa at US$5 and Zambia at US$13 per gigabyte.

However, NetOne and Telecel have not effected the increases, with data charges still at 17MB and 9,5MB costing US$1 respectively. The Source

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