Zimbabwe's Down And Out Telcos Increase Data Bundle Tariffs

As more consumers push for data roll-over in Zimbabwe, the country's mobile communication service providers have increased data bundle tariffs in the midst of continued economic pressure.

Econet, Telecel and NetOne have confirmed an increase in operational costs caused by, among other issues, having to use generators because of the continuous electricity outages, rising inflation and the fall of the Zimbabwe dollar.

In a notice issued to subscribers this week, NetOne said that it would be adjusting its data and SMS bundle prices as from the 8th of August 2019. The telco noted that all other costs, however, would remain unchanged.

Under the new data bundle tariff schedule, NetOne's night bundle has been increased by approximately 300% across the bundle offerings.

NetOne's weekly social media bundles and weekly bundle have also been hiked up by more than what the subscribers had expected.

Econet has also informed its subscribers about an upcoming data tariff review.

In a text sent to its subscribers, the mobile company said that bundle prices for all data and SMS products would be reviewed and new fees would take effect as from the 9th of August 2019.

Amid all the increasing attention to data roll-over, the industry regulator Potraz confirmed recently that it is in talks with telcos regarding the matter.


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