POTRAZ sets new minimum prices for voice & data bundles, some packages set to become more expensive

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Mobile penetration, mobile internet, telecoms, African telecoms, phone

POTRAZ, the local telecoms regulator is set to put into effect new minimum prices for all voice and data services provided by Zimbabwe’s mobile network operators.

According to a report in the Herald, the floor price will be 12 cents per minute for voice services and 2cents per MB for data. POTRAZ is reported to have communicated the new prices to mobile operators and they are set to come into effect on the 9th of January 2017.

The change means that some packages will become more expensive making this the latest move by POTRAZ to protect mobile operators’ revenues.

Mobile operators are supposed to revise all their products in line with the new prices and terminate bundles that don’t conform to the new minimum prices.

This means that some of the bundles that subscribers has been using as a way of accessing cheaper communications will be terminated. Products likely to be hiked include cheaper offerings like NetOne’s OneFusion and Econet’s 250 MB/$1; 1GB / $2 and 2GB/$3 Daily Bundles.


  1. muvig

    Ma one, this may have a negative effect as well,

    1. yowee-ee

      But has this govt ever prescribed anything good for Zimbabweans? Gimme one example .

      1. Slick

        That will never happen

  2. Ini

    $20 for 1000mb as the cheapest. Wow! 2017 is this you?

  3. w

    think its I’ll advised yes data must fall but the bundles exist for short bursts when you need to use a lot. but then I. zim they other forces as this effectively makes WhatsApp and Facebook hella expensive

  4. Mercy

    Well Zimbabwe will now have the most expensive data in the World. And a way of controlling as most people communicate on social media now and not voice. There is always a catch isn’t there?

  5. victor

    what is going to happen to other broadband data providerslike Powertel ,Zol etc,so their data bundles will be more expensive? Potraz must explain properly

    1. dzom

      Its to “protect mobile operatiors’ revenues”

  6. victor

    no more unlimited data.wow?

    1. Garikai Dzoma

      Keyword mobile. You can expect this to affect traditional MNOs

  7. Mashable Zimbabwe

    Time To Adjust On Our daily Internet browsing, this means less revenue to POTRAZ itself.

    1. yowee-ee

      The idea is to restrict social media access . . . even herdmen are on whatsapp. that will tilt elections the Trump way. They are getting ready, so revenues mean nothing to them than lose power .. . .

  8. Anonymous


  9. Linda Masarira

    The government is reactionary to the power of social media and social movements.

  10. Anonymous

    Zwinosiririsaaaa izvi.Vashayaaa basa

  11. manFidza

    do they have to prescribe business solutions to these MNOs,i thought they were there to regulate the industry not to tell them about how to price almost everything.

  12. manFidza

    do they have to prescribe business solutions to these MNOs? i thought they were there to regulate the industry not to tell them about how to price almost everything.

  13. Bindura


    1. Anonymous

      2017 here iyi?? reverse dhiri amana

  14. phillipa

    Yooooooo hayaaaa zvakaoma

  15. rat

    Dt shuld b the max cap on charges not min cap
    Ko varikurasika papi pa one rum

  16. Anonymous

    hudzvinyiriri bedzi ndihwo hunongofungwa nembwa idzi,

  17. Anonymous Pig

    How are they going to get revenue if they charge more on data which will not be accessible to the masses? Less people, less revenue.

  18. Concerned Citizen

    These guys in the telecoms industry should just accept the fact that change is inevitable. Same thing like protecting Telone landline business by suppressing mobile operators. Either they like or not, change is coming through.

    The mobile operators should be agile enough to adapt to global changes. I wonder how they will protect the taxi industry when Uber comes through.

  19. Anonymous

    Zimbabwe if if fucked up with people of corruption if there afraid of whats coming next year

  20. Anonymous

    How is tht reducing anyone with a mind can tell that those prices ar being increased

  21. Anonymous

    thats our country ko tinga diii hapana kana kungoda kuti zvino maiwee ndaenda inii

  22. prince

    1 more Gud reason to put my X where it belongs next year

  23. Anonymous


  24. teri

    From zviHuta to Coumaflage to Bundles kushaya zvekuita uku

  25. Artnum


  26. Anonymous

    That’s bulshit and nonsense

  27. terry


  28. Anonymous

    its jus too much..wat 4 really

  29. Udk

    Akomana zvaoma manje…ndoshaya Kuti zviri kuitirwei? Aiwa zvanyanya izvi

  30. Mboko Mboko

    Bhora musango

  31. Robert Ndlovu

    It was inevitable . Read this and you will understand why.


  32. Mxm

    this is some top class bullsh*t

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