Zambia introduces Internet tax to protect local telecoms

Taxation, net neutrality, access, Freedom of expression, Other human rights

In August, the Zambian government approved a tax on Internet calls to protect local telecom companies, stating that services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Viber do not pay taxes in Zambia. The tax, equalling to about USD$0.35 per day, is similar to Uganda’s daily OTT services tax introduced earlier in July this year.