Zambian cellcos hike airtime charges in line with higher excise duty rate

8 Jan 2014

All three of Zambia’s mobile network operators – Airtel Zambia, MTN Zambia and Zamtel Mobile – have reportedly enforced a 15% excise duty on airtime that had been proposed in the 2014 national budget. According to the Zambia Daily Mail, the levy has been increased from its previous rate of 10%, with Abdul Ismail, chairman of the GSM Operators Association of Zambia (GSMOAZ) which represent cellcos interest, confirming the upward adjustment in a press statement. The executive noted that the tariff adjustments had become effective from 1 January 2014, though he confirmed that all three wireless providers would maintain their existing recharge voucher prices. ‘As service providers in the country, we are required to collect excise duty as required and on behalf of the Zambian Government. The adjustment came into effect on 1 January 2014,’ Mr Ismail said.