Safaricom, Airtel Hike Call Rates Over Increased Taxes

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Airtel Kenya has announced increased headline voice tariff to Ksh2 plus taxes which will equate to Ksh2.78 per minute.

This follows the government’s amendment to the Finance Bill, with the excise duty on telephone and internet services being revised from 15 percent to 20 percent, effective July 1, 2021.

Airtel Kenya has ensured that prices of all data and voice bundles remain unchanged.  Hence, there will be no changes to the Amazing, Unliminet and Tubonge bundles.

Airtel said in a statement.

On the other hand, Safaricom has increased her calls rate by 30 cents and SMS by 10 cents. 

Zuku increased the cost of its 10mbps package to Ksh3,999 from Ksh3,500 while those who were paying for the Ksh4,198 package had to part with Ksh4,598.

The change in taxes will see the Kenya Revenue Authority collect more than Ksh8 billion from Safaricom, Airtel and Telcom.

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