Vodafone Fiji confirms it will absorb the 10 cents per gigabyte data levy and not pass this cost to its consumers.
Parliament has passed the Telecommunication Amendment Bill which means that Telecommunication service providers will now have to pay government 10 cents levy for every gigabyte of data used by their customers.
In a statement, the company says this means that Vodafone Fiji data users will not pay anything extra for data usage than what they are currently enjoying.
Vodafone Fiji says prior to the imposition of the data levy, the telecommunication companies had been paying a levy on voice calls and this has now been repealed by the government which means they no longer be required to pay the levy on voice calls going forward.
It says the government has also got FINTEL which is the gateway provider for international communication and the wholesaler for internet bandwidth to reduce the wholesale rates for internet which Vodafone acquires for its internet.
Vodafone Fiji says the removal of the voice levy and the reduction in internet wholesale bandwidth cost has helped Vodafone to absorb the data levy and not pass this cost on its consumers.