Safaricom Revises charges on SMS, Voice, and Data

Safaricom Revises charges on SMS, Voice, and Data

Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa

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Safaricom has announced the revision of data, SMS, and voice charges to the 20% excise duty effective July,7,2021.

The revision is, following the government’s move to adjust Excise duty on airtime and telephone services to 20% from 15% effective 1st July.

We have reviewed our product and service pricing to reflect this change.

Safaricom said in a ststement.

Safaricom says pricing for all personal post-paid including Karibu postpay and all corporate post-paid products and services have been revised accordingly.

The corporate post-paid products include Zidisha Plus, Cloud, Security, Collocation, and IoT.

This shall be reflected in the next monthly invoice.

the company said.

Further, the cost of the home and business fiber plans have also been revised in line with the new duty.

Additionally, Safaricom says all consumer data bundles remain unchanged.

However, while the cost of buying data and airtime remains unchanged, the data and voice purchases will deplete faster as unit costs rise.

Internet penetration

The taxes might affect small businesses especially, those operating on digital platforms.

And those that depend either directly or indirectly on these services.

According to Digital Report 2020, Kenya is leading other countries in mobile internet usage and internet penetration in the Continent.

The number of internet users rose by KSH 22.86 million, while the number of social media users increased by KSH 8.8 million.

Thus representing an increase of about16 percent and 13 percent in 2020 consecutively.

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