Airtel Kenya increases its voice, data costs by 30 cents & SMS by 10 cents as excise duty bites


In view of the recent increase in excise duty, other taxes and rising input costs, Airtel Kenya has announced it has been constrained to increase its headline voice and data tariffs by 30 cents each and its SMS tariff by 10 cents effective from midnight tonight.

“Despite this increase, our tariffs remain the most competitively priced,” the firm announced in a statement. “We have also ensured that the prices of all voice and data bundles including Unliminet, Tubonge and Amazing Data bundles remain unchanged.”

Airtel has added that there will be no increase in its Airtel Money tariffs.

Airtel follows Safaricom which on Thursday announced it had increased its voice, SMS and Data prices to be in line with the Finance Act 2018  which called for the increase of Excise Duty tax applicable on Voice, SMS and Data services from 10% to 15%. Safaricom’s voice calls and data were increased by 30 cents and SMS by 10 cents. The firm also reviewed its prices for mobile data bundles, Fibre-To-The-Building (FTTB) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) to effect the new 15% Excise Duty tax on internet services.