Vodacom and MTN are not hitting back after Cell C CEO Jose dos Santos accused the two of declaring war on consumers.
Dos Santos said “the infamous duopoly wants to limit how we use Internet services like WhatsApp – and it has nothing to do with fairness, competition, or the future of South Africa”.
“These are companies that have shown no interest in the welfare of the customers who keep them in business,” said dos Santos.
“MTN, Vodacom, and their collaborators… simply want to protect what they have and they are happy to sell the consumer out to get that.”
MyBroadband asked Vodacom and MTN to respond to these accusations, but both companies were hesitant to take on dos Santos.
Graham de Vries, Chief Corporate Services Executive at MTN SA, said “MTN is committed to establishing an amicable relationship with OTTs”.
Vodacom said it did not lobby for the hearings initiated by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee.
“Even so, Vodacom will attend. Vodacom supports an open Internet and solutions that allow all the players to work together in the interest of the broader public,” the company said.