SHOCKING: Govt Plot To Limit Social Media Communication EXPOSED

SHOCKING: Govt Plot To Limit Social Media Communication EXPOSED
Published: 2016 August 05 08:30:23 (2949 Views)


Government has moved a step further in an attempt to limit communication on mobile devices, which it claims is the main organising tool for the protests in Zimbabwe, by coercing mobile service providers to hike tariffs.

Subscribers have been enjoying a number of discounts from service providers, making communication easier and cheaper.

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has issued a directive inclining all mobile service providers to stop issuing marketing promotions that give users considerable discounts.



The suspended promotions had cushioned subscribers from high costs of mobile telecoms services.

Social media communications and Press statements by the country’s three mobile service providers since Tuesday indicate that the regulator had not given the operators the green light to continue offering the promotions.

Econet had its Data Double Up and 7x promotions discontinued, while NetOne’s Bundles Reappear and Data Bundles Reloaded have also been blocked.

“NetOne Cellular would like to inform its valued subscribers and the general public that under the instruction of the regulator Potraz, the following promotions will be suspended from 1800hrs on August 4, 2016,” reads NetOne’s statement released yesterday.

Econet said on Tuesday: “We’d like to advise that our popular promotions have not been approved to go beyond July 31, 2016. We are still engaging the regulator on this matter”.

Telecel sent its subscribers messages saying: “Due to a regulatory directive, we have stopped mega bonus and other promotions until further notice. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.”

Potraz has given no explanations as to why this directive was given and the operators said they were not given the reason behind it.

The Zimbabwean government has been quoted sighting that it is crafting stringent measures to govern the use of social media and mobile applications.




- ZimNet
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