Zambia introduces tax on Whatsapp calls

Zambia introduces tax on Whatsapp calls


At the 12th Cabinet Meeting held today at State House, chaired by His Excellency the President Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu three (3) substantive Items were discussed as the Patriotic Front Government continues to provide its policy direction aimed at improving the general living standards of the people through improved service delivery.

1. Tariff on internet phone calls

Government has noted an increase in the use of internet phone calls at the expense of traditional phone calls. This development threatens the telecommunications industry and jobs in companies such as Zamtel, Airtel and MTN.
Government has, therefore, introduced a 30 Ngwee a day tariff on internet phone calls.
Cabinet has since approved the issuance of a Statutory Instrument (SI) that will facilitate the introduction of the tariff to be charged through mobile phone operators and internet providers.

Research shows that 80 per cent of the citizens are using WhatsApp, skype, and Viber to make phone calls.

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