Calls through messengers will also rise in cost in Tajikistan.  Now the price of one minute of call through messenger to a mobile phone number costs 0.25 somoni (more than twofold increase).

The price of one minute of call through messengers (Chi Gap?, MobilGap, Megafon Life and Salom) of Tajik mobile operators to a mobile phone number has risen more than twice in cost – from 0.10-0.12 somoni to 0.25 somoni, an official source at one of Tajik mobile operators told Asia-Plus in an interview.

By Antimonopoly Agency’s order on the new messenger call price took effect on April16.  

Tajik mobile operators launched their messengers Chi Gap? (Tcell), MobilGap (Babilon-M), Megafon Life (Megafon Tajikistan) and Salom (Beeline Tajikistan) after the communications service agency on December 18, 2017 informed all telecommunications companies in the country to suspend access to NGN (the next-generation network) accounts.

Mostly, Tajik labor migrants use messengers to call their families and relatives in Tajikistan.