Econet Wireless the largest telecoms firm in Zimbabwe has slashed the tariffs on calls to 5 international destinations to local rates. In adverts published in the local print press, the company announced that subscribers can now call South Africa, United Kingdom, USA, China and Canada at 24 cents per minute. The reduction is from rates ranging from about 31 cents to 48 cents per minute.
The tariff reduction follows a similar one by rival network, Telecel, which lasted just over a month. There’s no mention by Econet if this is a permanent reduction or just a promo. We suspect the latter; otherwise the news would have been broadcasted much louder than this. Econet itself ran a similar promo back in August last year to celebrate 14th year anniversary.
The reduction of international tariffs by any operator in Zimbabwe is no doubt a welcome move by subscribers as there’s a large number of Zimbabweans in the diaspora especially in the UK, South Africa, Australia and USA. In 2011, the number was estimated to be as high as 4 million people, which means lots of voice call traffic between Zimbabwe and these countries. Because of the high cost of regular phone calls however, most people who have access to the internet have resorted to cheaper tools of communication like Skype, WhatsApp and Facebook.