Operators to cut tariffs by 40%

19 Mar 2009

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has ordered the country’s three mobile operators – Econet, NetOne and Telecel – to reduce their call charges by 40%, with at least one cellco, Econet, reported to have already complied with the order, writes itnewsafrica.com. POTRAZ said that the move was prompted by the need to strike a balance between affordability of services for consumers and the viability of operators. As a result of Zimbabwe’s unprecedented hyperinflation and the devaluation of the Zimbabwean dollar, all three GSM providers have recently been allowed to bill their customers in foreign currency, which in turn caused an outcry from users already struggling to afford services.