Published On: Wed, Jan 11th, 2017

WhatsApp, Facebook causing revenue decline

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Talent Chapanduka

Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority POTRAZ says the coming in of WhatsApp and Facebook is slowly leading to the death of voice calls.

This came out when POTRAZ was responding to questions from subscribers through a press release.

POTRAZ highlighted that the decision to increase floor prices is to make business sense and give an opportunity to operators by increasing revenue on broadband.

POTRAZ claim that as a regulator, enforcing an increase will cause subscribers to pay more.

Responding to a question by subscribers through a press release which says:

“Some members of the public have complained that the new floor prices make data specifically more expensive for example a 250mb daily bundle from Econet would essentially be priced at $5 and NetOne’s One Fusion package is likely to become more expensive. Why then would POTRAZ opt for tariffs that will make data more expensive for the consumer particularly in the prevailing economic climate?”

The regulator’s response was: “POTRAZ’s aim is to keep the price of data as low as possible while ensuring sustainability of the sector and protection of consumers. The Authority’s intention in setting floor prices is, therefore, to maintain a delicate balance between service affordability by consumers and operator viability.”

The new pricelists for social media browsing is now at $1-30MB +30MB WIFE compared to the previous one which was 250MB for $1.