The Zambian government is introducing a tax on internet phone calls in a bid to protect jobs in the telecommunications sector.

Government spokesperson, Dora Siliya said the 30 ngwee ($0.03; £0.02) daily tariff will be charged through mobile phone operators and internet providers.

She said the increase in online phone calls was coming at the expense of traditional providers such as Airtel, Zamtel and MTN.

She also said that research indicated that 80% of Zambian citizens were using Whatsapp, Skype and Viber to make calls.

It is not yet clear when the tax will come into effect.