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Oh! Social Media Tax now Getting Closer to Nigeria

The Zambian government looks to be following in the steps of the Ugandan's by imposing a daily tax charge on the use on internet call services such as Whatsapp call and Skype so that telecommunication companies will not lose revenue.

Oh! Social Media Tax now Getting Closer to Nigeria

They fear that a lot of people do not use the traditional calls anymore and as such the telecommunication industry is threatened.

The order to charge N10(0.03$) daily tariff on call has been approved by the cabinet of Zambia. The country also fears that instead of creating jobs in the country, internet call is creating wealth for Americans while the people in the country suffer.
“The cabinet has approved an executive order that would see the introduction of N10 ($0.03) daily tariff charged on internet calls.”-Zambian government.

Remember we reported that MTN, Glo, Airtel and some other network providers in Nigeria are putting pressure on NCC to block over-the-top (OTT) services like WhatsApp, IMO, Skype, etc., because they're losing revenue from phone calls. Instead of totally blocking these platforms, my fear is that NCC might as well impose daily tax for their usage.

Social media tax is now a trend in this continent. First Uganda (paying 20 naira/200 shillings), now Zambia (paying N10), how long before these social media tax spread to us and other countries in Africa?

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