Telkom has set its increase on basic voice and data connectivity services at an overall 1.3%, below the Consumer Price Index, which is currently at 5.6%
The telecommunications operator is, however, leaving broadband subscription fees unchanged.
The tariffs will be applicable as of 1 August 2013.
The adjustments also see a decrease in the tariffs for outgoing fixed to mobile calls of 3.1% to R1.30 (Incl VAT) per minute during peak time and by 2.7% to R1.05 (Incl VAT) per minute during off-peak time.
Telkom’s Managing Director for consumer services, Manelisa Mavuso, said Telkom remains committed to serving customers’ best interests and to making telecommunications accessible to all South Africans.
“We have therefore endeavoured to contain the adjustments to a minimum and kept them significantly lower than inflation, which is currently at 5.6%,” said Mavuso.
He highlighted the fact that DSL and Telkom Internet monthly subscription charges remained unchanged, even though current upgrades, as part of the company’s Network Transformation Programme, will result in speed increases on the Fast and Faster DSL options.
Resulting in a significant decrease for current long distance calls, on-net local and long distance call tariffs for Postpaid and WorldCall will be combined into to a single tariff of R0.46 (Incl VAT) per minute during standard time and R0.23 (Incl VAT) per minute during Callmore time. The minimum charge will be R0.63 (Incl VAT).
Also, PrepaidFone on-net local and long distance call tariffs will be combined into one and charged at R0.70 (Incl VAT) per minute during standard time and R0.33 (Incl VAT) per minute during Callmore time. The minimum charge will be R0.96 (Incl VAT) and the surcharge for PrepaidFone and Top-up increases from R0.66 to R0.70 per call.
Installation charges will increase by 6% and this includes Postpaid, PrepaidFone ISDN and DSL services. Line rental for PrepaidFone (weekly/monthly and Top-up) also increases by 6%.
International calls are adjusted by 0% overall, however, tariffs to some destinations will increase, some will decrease and others will remain unchanged.
Postpaid analogue residential line rentals will increase by 5.8% to R157.00 (Incl VAT) per month and business line rentals will increase by 6.2% to R216.00 (Incl VAT) per month.
The monthly subscription for the Telkom Weekender Plan (previously Closer 1) increases to R176.00, Telkom Evening and Weekend Plan (previously Closer 2) to R194.00 and Telkom Unlimited Anytime Plan (previously Closer 3) to R350.00.
All public payphone call tariffs remain unchanged. – SAnews.gov.za