One of the mobile service providers in the country Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has suspended the tariff adjustment on mobile internet, SMS and Blackberry service which was supposed to take effect from 1 June, 2015.
The development comes just barely a day after Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) wrote the government to reverse its decision on the introduction of the 10 percent excise duty on mobile phone text messaging as well as all data transfers including internet and similar services.
In the letter MACRA boss Mike Kumbatila argued that the levy will derail development in the country as it will be difficult for people to communicate.
According to TNM, the adjustment was in reaction to introduction of excise tax on internet service which was announced in the 2015/16 budget statement by Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe.
Announcing the change in an interview with Daily Times, TNM said says customers will continue using the said services on the same old rates without the 10 percent excise tax.
When approached for comment on the arguments, Gondwe said government is looking on the matter and it will certainly make its position.
Quoting a report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) BBC says on average Malawians use more than $12 (£7.70) a month on mobile phones which is more than half of what an ordinary Malawian earns in a month.