Wananchi Group raises budget internet prices by 20% in Kenya


Wananchi Group, the owners of pay-TV company Zuku, has increased its tariffs for light internet users by 20 percent to KES 1,199 per month, but almost halved the subscription fees for heavy users. Subscribers of Jistart package will now pay KES 1,199 instead of KES 999, while those on the R20 package will now pay KES 5,499 for a 20 Mbps service instead of the previous KES 9,999. Zuku attributed the price increases to a rise in its operating costs.

The company last increased its web tariffs in 2012. The government has been advocating lower internet costs, especially high-speed broadband, to connect more people. The state is also targeting an increase in the sector's contribution to GDP of up to 5 percent by 2017 from the current 2.5 percent.

Source: Telecompaper  25 February 2015