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Zimbabwe suspends mobile tariff hike

Zimbabwe suspends mobile tariff hike

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean government ordered the suspension of mobile tariff hike after protests from mobile users.

The data tariff hike came in to effect on Wednesday and was set by Potraz , Zimbabwe’s telecom regulator.

The telecom regulator was largely criticized on Thursday, the price of mobile phone data was said to have increased more than 100%.

250MB was at the cost of $1 before the increment , but afterwards 300MB was at the cost $10 media sources say.

The new tariffs were previously proposed by mobile operators to regulators.

Zimbabwean authorities have however asked the companies to refund affected customers.

On Potraz website, it indicated its willingness to withdraw its recent decision as regard the mobile tariff saying,“It is clear that this decision has met with consumer outcry, understandably so, given the current economic challenges. It is against this background that POTRAZ would like to advise consumers and stakeholders in general of its decision to withdraw Regulatory Determination No 1 of 2016 with immediate effect.”

According to the regulator, since January this year, revenues of mobile network operators declined between 10 percent and 12 percent , caused by low data prices, and falling voice revenues .

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