The government has announced adjustments to internet services, such as a minimum throttling speed and increased mobile data limit.
Beginning in October, rates for mobile data packages will be reduced and data allowances will be increased by 20% as part of a phased effort to reduce internet prices and improve internet services.
In addition, the government announced that beginning July 1, the cost of home internet subscriptions will be reduced by 28% to 30%, with a minimum throttling speed of 2Mbps for the base package and 5Mbps for packages beyond MVR 300.
Technology Minister Aminath Shauna stated that today marks a watershed moment in fulfilling President Solih’s pledge to lower internet fees. She also commended the tech industry for its input in bringing about the adjustments.
Minister Shauna also said that the internet has become a necessity during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
Reduced fixed broadband prices:
- 30GB at the speed of 5MBPS for MVR 250
- 100GB at the speed of 15MBPS for MVR 500
- 200GB at the speed of 25MBPS for MVR 700
Changes to mobile data packages:
- Prepaid: 30 to 100 percent additional data allowance
- Postpaid: 20 to 30 percent additional data allowance
- Mobile Broadband: 5 to 20 percent additional data allowance
- Prepaid: 20 percent additional data allowance
- Postpaid: 19 to 28 percent additional data allowance
- Mobile Broadband: 20 percent additional data allowance