Malé, Maldives – State Minister of Communication, Science and Technology Ministry, Ali Salih has said that President Ibrahim Mohamed’s pledge of lowering internet prices has already been fulfilled.
Speaking on a programme by local news channel “RajjeTV”, Salih stated that due to various interactions with Maldivian internet providers, favourable changes have now come to internet prices. He noted that the price of a GB has dropped from MVR 33 to just MVR 5 since the beginning of Ramadan.
” What i’m saying is that, people who were receiving 30 GB for MVR 1000, now receive 180 GB for MVR 1000. This means that the price of a GB has decreased to MVR 5.5. Comparisons need to be made with other countries, and this is a huge improvement when doing these comparisons”Ali Salih
” I can confidently say that the President’s pledge has been fulfilled, internet prices have dropped. However, other things will be improved along with prices”Ali Salih
He also noted that Maldives was the only country able to acquire a submarine cable during the current pandemic, and the citizens are already experiencing better prices as a results.
While Ali Salih claims the pledge to decrease internet prices has already been fulfilled, the incumbent government’s Strategic Action Plan (SAP) states that efforts to lower internet prices will begin in the year 2022.