More ISPs increase prices in response to new Internet tax

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Last week we wrote that Liquid Telecom had increased its internet prices following a new 5% tax on the internet by the government.

Other providers have started to announce price increases. One of the 3 largest internet providers in the country, Dandemutande, advised its customers in a letter this week. Here:

Dear Valued Customers

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RE: S1 SPECIAL EXCISE DUTY ON ALL TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES

Please be advised on the 24th of March 2017, the Minister Finance amended the Finance Act (No.2) 2017, Section 312 (49) to levy an additional 5% (Five Percent) special excise duty, which has been designated as a Health Fund Levy. This is to be leivied and credited to the Health Fundy Levy established under section 18 of the Public Finance Management Act [Chapter 22:19] (11/2009) which is in addition to the 5% excise duty which is currently being charged on your statement.

We therefore advise that consistent with this new legislative requirement, we will be applying a 10% excise duty for all our data services with immediate effect. This will reflect on your monthly invoices going forward.

Kindly note that the gazetted effective date of this new requirement has been set to apply retrospectively to 1 January 2017. We have engaged the authorities to request a waiver of the first 3 (three) months and proposed an effective start date of 1 April 2017 in a bid to cushion our clients. We will keep you informed on the development of these engagements.

Yours Faithfully,

The Dandemutande Team

With Dandemutande prices adjusted, it’s now 2 out of the 3 major fixed internet companies that have responded to the new tax. To the best of our knowledge, only TelOne has not increased its prices, yet.

Update: Just to be clear, Liquid Telecom is the parent company of ZOL. ZOL itself hasn’t announced any price increases yet. We sent them some questions earlier and will update once we have a position from them.

Thanks: @tawmug

Dandemutande is one of the leading Broadband Internet Service Providers in Zimbabwe. It offers internet connectivity through fibre, wireless and data centre services. The company has 4 major internet services brands int he market: Utande, iWayAfrica, Africa Online and YoAfrica. Dandemutande holds an IAP Class A license issued to it by the Zimbabwean telecoms sector regulator POTRAZ. Read More

Liquid Telecom is one of the fastest growing internet service providers in Zimbabwe in particular and Africa in general. It provides state of the art fibre internet which links Zimbabwe and the Southern African region to the outside world. The company is a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Group and has branches in most parts of Southern and East Africa. Read More

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3 Comments

  1. Let us eat cake says:

    And so continues the datapocalypse in prep for the electapocalypse.

  2. Rog one says:

    What a shame to my country , they have killed the industry and now they are looking for other ways to raise money as seriously what does data have to do with the health industry ,mari yabva ku internet hainga shande here to better ku industry kwayabva….

  3. Sagitarr says:

    This is what happens when the “herd boy mentality” seeps into boardrooms, ministries and executive levels. Dystopia beckons.

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