Preparations to reduce internet prices complete: Dhiraagu & Ooredoo

CEO of Dhiraagu (R) Ismail Raseed and CEO of Ooredoo (L) Najeeb Khan. | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives — Two major telecom companies in Maldives, Dhiraagu and Ooredoo inform that they are prepared to reduce internet prices next month.

The government announced in May that internet prices will be reduced from July 2021 onward. While the internet prices will be separated into different phases and reduced, the first phase will be broadband services starting next month.

Major telecom company, Ooredoo and Dhiraagu said to local media outlet “Mihaaru” that internet prices will be changed as announced by the government.

The government presented the following as new prices and quality of the internet.

  • 30GB at the speed of 5MBPS for MVR 250 (2MBPS as throttle speed).
  • 100GB at the speed of 15MBPS for MVR 500 (5MBPS as throttle speed).
  • 200GB at the speed of 25MBPS for MVR 750 (5MBPS as throttle speed).

The throttle speeds for broadband cannot be lower than 2Mbps in the Maldives. Along with this, for packages above MVR 300, the throttle speed is not to decrease below 5Mbps.

Residential internet package prices are to decrease by 28 to 30 percent starting July 1 while mobile data changes are set to go into effect from October 1 onwards.

While reducing the price of the internet was one of the most important vows made by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih when he came into power, even after three years of his presidency, no changes were seen in the prices and the quality, this was quickly followed by much criticism from several citizens towards the government.