Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has finally adjusted its mobile data tarrifs after the telecommunications regulator the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of ZImbabwe (Potraz) instructed all operators to operate within a fixed floor system.
All other mobile operators had already terminated their data packages in line with the new regulations and Econet was the last since their expiration date came in to effect recently. NetOne was the first mobile network to terminate its popular data bundles which offered 300mb for a dollar over 48hrs while Telecel had their 270mb over 24hrs all being terminated in the last few months.
By TechnoMag Reporter
Econet with immediate effect activated their new data tarrifs which makes them the most expensive on the market, as Netone and Telecel have gone low to announce their new tariffs since the Promos have been scrapped.
Strangley, it should not with Potraz interest to help the the operators become more profitable. Setting minimum tariffs should be the Jurisdiction of the operators themselves, while competition should be allowed to take natural discourse.
A dollar gets you 10 MB plus the bonus 10 MB on WiFi and the highest amount of data you can get (2.5 GB plus 2.5 GB bonus on WiFi) now costs $50.
Econet technically removed the promotional tarrifs and reintroduced standard Data tarrifs which means a $1 can only buy 10mb plus extra 10mb of data. Their WhatsApp bundle which was only offering 90MB of data was already not good enough compared to the unlimited packages which their competitors was offering
According Chronicle, POTRAZ Director General, Dr Gift Machengete, admitted that subscribers weren’t consulted since the considerations which were made were for the costs of service provision which are relevant to service providers only.
Protective of the interests of mobile network operators, Machengete said Econet , NetOne and Telecel on the other hand were consulted and they had in fact proposed floor prices of between 1 cent and 5 cents per megabyte (MB). This would have resulted in an even higher tariff increase.
Dr Machengete also justified the high cost of internet citing issues like Zimbabwe’s landlocked nature, the low national population that negates opportunities for volume discounts plus the duplication of infrastructure.