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Airtel and Telkom increase charges to reflect new Excise Duty

Airtel, however, maintains that the prices of all voice and data bundles including Unliminet and Tubonge/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – Airtel and Telkom have announced an increase in voice, data and SMS charges due to the increase of Excise Duty from 10 percent to 15 percent.

The two mobile operators join Safaricom in increasing voice and SMS charges by 30 cents and 10 cents respectively, while data price increases by 30 cents MB from midnight Monday.

Airtel, however, maintains that the prices of all voice and data bundles including Unliminet and Tubonge.

“Additionally, there will be no increase in our Airtel Money tariffs,” said Airtel Managing Director Prasanta Das Sarma.

Telkom CEO Aldo Mareuse said its broadband and Fixed Voice Services will see the introduction of 15 percent Excise Duty tax.

“Although these additional taxes will lead to an increase in the cost of Voice and Data services to our customers, Telkom remains committed to deliver best value to them,” said Mareuse.


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