Burkina Faso PM condemns Orange's tariff increase

14 February 2020

Telecoms

Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister, Christophe Dabire, has condemned Orange’s plans to increase prices by 2.04% from 17 February, describing the move as ‘unacceptable’, reports Jeune Afrique.

 

Orange informed its customers earlier this month that it would be adjusting its voice and internet tariffs as a result of the government’s 2020 Finance Act, which increased from 5% to 7% the tax levied on telecom operators’ revenues. ‘Without a study proving the tax burden on the telecom sector is excessive, the government will not accept any increase linked to the adoption of the finance bill,’ the premier protested on Twitter, unhappy the government had not been given an opportunity to respond to Orange’s concerns.

 

Meanwhile, Dasmane Traore, head of the local consumer association Ligue des Consommateurs du Burkina, has called for customers to boycott the operator if it proceeds with the threatened price rise. ‘This increase is unjustified and shows contempt for consumers … especially as we face issues with poor network quality,’ he argued.

Source: Jeune Afrique