Techtrends decided to have a look what Zambians pay for their DSTV subscriptions compared to countries in the region, namely South Africa and Zimbabwe. DSTV Zimbabwe recently announced a reduction in the prices of all their bouquets.
The reason for the price reduction in Zimbabwe is to help customers through the tough economic times. I wanted to do a regional comparison. With fuel price in Zambia having gone up by close to 40% we must brace ourselves for tough economic times ahead and balance our domestic books carefully. Whenever the price of fuel goes up nearly all commodities across the board follow and increase their prices, meaning we have to make sacrifices in our households.
Most Zambian households view DSTV as a luxury except during the premier league. With Zimbabweans being given discounts due to the tough economic times I wondered just how much cheaper their DSTV is to ours. The following table has the prices for the bouquets in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
|Compact Plus||R459.00||R653.00||R752.79 (K536.00)|
As Zambians, we pay more. Surprisingly, the difference is not uniform across the bouquets, as a Zambian customer you pay substantially for the higher value bouquets. When you buy a Premium bouquet you pay 88% more than a South Africa subscriber, and 41% more than a subscriber in Zimbabwe!
We hope as Zambians DSTV can feel sorry for us and pass on an economic hardship discount in the next few months.