Harare-The parliamentary committee of ICT Postal and Courier Service has called on the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) to review the data tariff charges that are being charged by telecommunications companies in the country and reduce them to affordable prices.
Chairperson of ICT committee Charlton Hwende demanded to know from Potraz director general Gift Machengete on why the regulator allowed mobile data charges to be increased by the telecommunications companies.
“We are concerned as a committee that we have noticed an increase on the date tariff from the telecommunications companies for their services and we understand that you sanctioned it. Can please make sure that you meet with the companies and revise the charges down,” said Hwende.
Machengete said he was going to be engage the firms to discuss the issue on the need to review the data tariff downwards.
He argued that the data tariffs increase were in line with the trend happening in the mobile sector in the SADC region.
“The mobile data tariff for Zimbabwe are comparable to other SADC regions tariffs , as our Out of Bundle Data Tariff is costing 0,06 cents which is lower to other SADC countries like Malawi costing 0,044 cents.
“The data bundle were on a promotion in the country for all the data service providers and this is why now the prices have gone up since the promotion is over. But we are going to engage them so that the tariff will go down as the members of public can no longer afford to purchase the data bundles,” said Machengete.
Owing to the shortage of foreign currency and a deteriorating economy mobile operators increased tariffs and it received widespread condemnation from subscribers.
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