Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) subscribers should expect to dig deeper into their pockets to access internet services following the company’s decision to increase its internet data bundle charges.
Starting next week, TNM customers will be paying more for social media services such as Whatsapp and other internet usages.
The company announced on Wednesday through text messages that Whatsapp monthly bundle; the smart 30 MB bundle and the smart 10 MB bundle charges have been increased.
Whatsapp monthly bundle has been hiked from K500 to K560, the smart 30 MB bundle will be costing K120 from K99, and the cheapest 10 MB bundle will be at K65 from K55.
The increment comes at a time Malawi experience less internet usage with only 8 percent of the population using internet. Malawi is one of the countries in the world where internet charges are extremely high.
Recently Minister of Information Patricia Kaliati warned mobile service providers to improve their services or risk losing their licences. Consumers usually endure poor network coverage despite being over-priced.
Kaliati also warned TNM that it will its licence over its continued fight against the yet to be implemented Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (Cirms) by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra).
TNM has been battling Macra in court over the Cirms publically labeled ‘Spy Machine’. The company obtained an injunction in December, 2015, stopping the regulator from operationalizing the machine until there is a review on the matter.
The Supreme Court is yet to make determination on the issue.