The authorities have sent a strong message to Vodacom and MTN – unless they reduce their data prices, it will be done for them.
Vodacom clients recently complained to The Power Report about being tricked into buying a Wi-Fi router contract by being told it would be free.
South African operators are facing many headwinds to contain costs, including a weak currency and a lack of spectrum.
Many people do not know what spectrum or the Digital TV migration process is, but the impact they have is well documented – high mobile data prices.
Members of Parliament could the take the debate on allegedly high South African mobile data prices one step further than just a portfolio committee hearing.
People are complaining about high data prices from Vodacom, but they are not willing to put their money where their mouth is.
ICASA says that reducing the high costs of communication in South Africa remains its most important mandate.
Afrihost’s latest promotion, called #DataForAll, offers consumers 250MB of mobile data per month for R1.
The culture of entitlement has firmly gripped South Africa, with activist groups demanding free tertiary education, free electricity, and free communication services.