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Hard-pressed Zim telcos hike data bundle tariffs

Hard-pressed Zim telcos hike data bundle tariffs

As more consumers push for data roll-over, mobile communication service providers in Zimbabwe have increased data bundle tariffs amid continued economic pressure.

Telecel, NetOne and Econet have confirmed an increase in operational costs due to, among other factors, having to run generators because of ongoing electricity outages, the erosion of the Zimbabwe dollar and rising inflation.

In a notice to subscribers issued this week, NetOne said: "Please be advised that NetOne will be adjusting data and SMS bundle prices effective 8 August 2019. All other prices remain unchanged."

Under the new data bundle tariff schedule, NetOne's night bundle now costs ZWL3 per 1GB, up from ZWL 1.00, representing an increase of about 300% across the bundle offerings.

NetOne's weekly social media bundles have been pegged at ZWL3.00 for 90MB, while the ZWL5.00 weekly bundle will now offer 150MB.

Econet has also notified subscribers about an impending data tariff review.

In a text sent to subscribers, the company said: "Please take note bundle prices for data and SMS will be reviewed effective August 9 2019."

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

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