Safaricom charges on SMS ,Voice and data to get more costly

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Safaricom subscribers will from tonight pay 30 cents and 10 cents more on voice and SMS respectively, the firms Chief executive Bob Collymore has said.

In a statement to the press, Collymore said the increase in the tarrif is as a result of the increased taxes passed in the Finance Act 2018.

This means that for on-net and off-net calls , users will pay Sh4.30 down from Sh4 from 8 am to 10 pm and pay Sh2.30 from 10 pm to 8 am. SMS charges have gone up to Sh1.30

On data bundles, the mobile service provider has reviewed its prices for Fibre-To-The-Building (FTTB) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) to effect the new 15 per cent Excise Duty tax on internet services.

“The full tariff guide has been filed with Communications Authority of Kenya as required by law and is available from our website, USSD, and all our customer touch points,” Collymore said.

The Finance Act 2018 which came into effect last month increased the Excise Duty tax applicable on Voice, SMS and Data services from 10 per cent to 15 per cent.

This is in addition to the prevailing Value Added Tax applicable to mobile services at the rate of 16 per cent.


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