Zambian Government introduces daily tariff charges on internet calls
In their bid to reduce the increasing use of internet services like WhatsApp calls and Skype, the Zambian Government has citizens that it plans to introduce daily tax charges. You will recall that not long ago, the Ugandan Government passed the law on users to pay 200 Ugandan shillings (N500) monthly to access Social Media platform.
This move according to the Government is in favour of the Telco companies in the country as it will protect them from losing revenue. The government claims over 80% of the country mobile subscribers are using internet calls, and that is why they need to tax the growing trend.
In the statement released, they Zambian Government said,
“People are making use of WhatsApp calls, skype calls, Viber etc. at the expense of traditional calls and this threatens the telecom industry and the jobs at Airtel, MTN and Zamtel.
The cabinet has approved an executive order that would see the introduction of N10 ($0.03) daily tariff charged on internet calls. “Jobs such as call centre workers, talk time sellers, conventional call technicians will reduce drastically if more Zambians migrate to internet calls and create jobs in America and elsewhere”.
This move by Government with regards internet user is becoming a trend as more African countries are trying to regulate the usage through taxes, and we don’t know which country is next. Let’s hope it doesn’t get to Nigeria, but if it does, well let’s hope not.
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