Friday, June 5, 2009

Zimbabwean ICT ministry to introduce new tariff regime

04 Jun 2009

The Ministry of Information Communication and Technology is set to introduce a new tariff regime based on a scientific process (SOAS) to come up with proper billing systems which will deal with the problems of unjustifiable bills and avoid confusion in the sector.

The Ministry of Information Communication and Technology is set to introduce a new tariff regime based on a scientific process (SOAS) to come up with proper billing systems which will deal with the problems of unjustifiable bills and avoid confusion in the sector.

Information Communication and Technology Minister Nelson Chamisa told a news conference in Harare that the decision to introduce a new tariff regime was necessitated by complains raised by consumers over the continued disconnection of phones and that they are being charged unjustified high bills.

Minister Chamisa said his ministry wants tariffs to be revised downwards in line with those in the region and has since advised both the fixed and mobile service providers to stop disconnections until cabinet approves the new tariff regime.

The Minister said government is working on a consolidated approach to improve internet services in the country which has not been operating efficiently even though many companies are now relying on the internet for business transactions.

Minister Chamisa also said his ministry will soon appoint a new board of directors as the term of office of the current board has expired.

The development will enable Zimpost to continue providing quality postal services to the nation.