It is critical for the country’s telecommunications prices to come down according to Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub and Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig.
“We could kid ourselves that we have reasons for our prices,” Cell C’s Knott-Craig told attendees of a South African Communications Forum breakfast event on Monday (15 October 2012).
“Maybe we do we have good reasons, but the reality is that the prices for telecommunications are simply too high and have to come down,” Knott-Craig said.
Knott-Craig said that for this to happen, input costs have to come down.
He said that some of those costs are controlled by carriers themselves and they must drive those down.
However, some are controlled by the regulator and government and they need to ensure that those costs come down.
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub agreed with Knott-Craig, and as a nod to his counterpart added “we are ready”.
Joosub said that in addition to driving down input costs, network roll-outs need to be sped up by making valuable spectrum available and speeding up environmental approvals.