The Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has announced a mobile data tariffs cut from 12.5 cents to 5 cents per megabyte, the USSD costs for epayments will also be lowered from 12.5c to 5c per session.
This is good for the country’s citizens, who mostly access the internet using mobile gadgets as mobile data accounts for about 90% of internet access while Facebook and WhatsApp are the most popular internet applications accessed.
Potraz further announced the Out of bundle mobile data charges threshold shall be reduced from the current average rate of 12.5 cents per Megabyte to 5 cents per Megabyte exclusive of all taxes. This applies to internet/data that is used outside the WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter bundles among others.
The tariff cut comes ahead of elections scheduled for July 30 to choose a new administration. Zimbabwean politicians have for the first time switched to online campaigning and those tech savvy enough are using social media bots for campaigning and engagement with constituencies.