Zambians to Pay $0.03 Daily Tax on Internet Phone Calls

Enterprise Television – Zambians to Pay $0.03 Daily Tax on Internet Phone Calls

The Government of Zambia is making plans to introduce a tax on internet phone calls in a bid to protect jobs in the telecommunications sector.

Report reveals the 30 ngwee ($0.03; £0.02) daily tariff will be charged through mobile phone operators and internet providers.

According to the government spokesperson Dora Siliya, the increase in online phone calls was coming at the expense of traditional providers such as Airtel, Zamtel and MTN.

She said that research indicated that 80% of Zambian citizens were using Whatsapp, Skype and Viber to make calls.

The tax comes weeks after Uganda implemented a social media tax to boost government revenue and to end “gossip” on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

However, it is not yet clear when the tax will come into effect.

 

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