Ugandan cellcos give further info on new social media tax

29 June 2018

Digital Content

Ugandan mobile operators MTN, Airtel and Africell have issued a joint statement to inform customers how to pay a controversial new social media tax to be implemented by the government on 1 July. (The statement turned out to be a draft and caused much controversy, something we’ll return to in future issues.)

The tax, which covers use of over-the-top (OTT) apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter, will cost users UGX200 (USD0.05) per day. The telcos have confirmed that users can pay the new excise duty on a daily, weekly or monthly basis via either MTN or Airtel’s mobile money service.

Access to the services will be blocked unless the new charge is paid. Opponents to the tax say the government is restricting the right to free communication.

Source: Telegeography