Angola will raise the standard tariffs for all telephony and internet access services for end-users next month, reports Angolan technology site Menos Fios. The ‘telecoms tariff unit’ (Unidade Tarifaria de Telecomunicacoes, UTT) is being hiked to AOA10 (USD0.06) from the existing rate of AOA7.2 – a level which has stood since 2005 – following approval from the Economic Commission and the Council of Ministers. The change was confirmed to the press by Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, Jose Carvalho da Rocha, who attributed the tariff readjustment to sharp inflation rates in Angola. The move was finalised by the government after negotiations between telecoms regulator the Angolan Institute of Communications (INACOM) and operators.
In Angola, prices for telecoms services such as pre-paid mobile credit top-up cards are routinely displayed with their UTT unit amount/value: e.g. under the new tariff scheme a ‘125 UTT’ top-up card which previously cost AOA900 to purchase will now set consumers back AOA1,250.