The Finance Bill (2018) modification has taken effect, which implies that phone customers will have to dig deeper into their pockets for calls and data services.
The bill’s revision, which was published earlier last week, increased the excise charge on calls and internet services by 5% to 20%.
This is just three years after the proposal went live, during which time the same services earned significant costs. This was evident, especially for individuals who utilize broadband services.
Airtel Kenya, the country’s second largest provider, has already changed its call prices to reflect the new levy.
Here are the new call rates (per minute):
|Call rate||Airtel to Airtel (KES)||Airtel to other networks (KES)|
|2 + Tax rate||2.78||2.78|
|4 + Tax rate||4.5||4.5|
Airtel Kenya further states that it has ‘ensured that all data and voice package pricing remain intact.’
According to the statement, the carrier has made no modifications to the Amazing, Unliminet, and Tubonge packages.
We are committed to providing the best value for money to our customers through our products and services – Airtel.
Other service providers have yet to announce their phone and internet adjustments. They will continue to do so, so be prepared to pay more for your phone calls and internet access.