Voice, data rates up from new taxes.
Kenyans will pay more for voice and data as telecoms operators begin effecting a higher rate of excise duty.
This is following amendments to the Excise Duty Act which increased the rate of excise duty on telephone and internet data services from 15 to 20 percent.
The change took effect on Thursday following the assent of the 2021 Finance Bill, now an Act by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday.
While the cost of purchasing airtime and data bundles may hold unchanged, the voice and data purchases will be depleted at a faster rate as unit costs rise.
On Friday for instance, Airtel announced it had increased its headline voice tariff Ksh.2.78 per minute.
The telco has nevertheless left the prices of its data and voice bundles unchanged.
Changes to the excise duty regime for telephone and internet services were introduced as new amendments to the 2021 Finance Bill by Members of Parliament (MPs).