MTN officials have told Parliament that the release of available spectrum would, in theory, lower data costs.
MPs asked tough questions of service provider Vodacom in Parliament on Wednesday, as high data prices continued to come under the spotlight.
The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services wants to publish a policy paper that will force mobile networks to give back their spectrum.
The country’s data prices are “daylight robbery” and need to be halved, radio personality Thabo “Tbo Touch” Molefe told MPs on Tuesday.
The Right2Know Campaign said the high price of data and airtime is stifling South Africans’ right to communicate.
Telkom has revealed when it will throttle customers on its uncapped LTE service.
Uncapped LTE subscribers on Telkom who were being throttled have reported their speeds are back to normal.
Research ICT Africa’s submission to parliament about the cost to communicate shows that South Africa’s mobile data prices remain high.
Over the last three years, Vodacom has left its data prices unchanged – or in some cases increased them – despite better network technologies and lower bandwidth prices.
The ANC’s “perpetual policy bungling” is keeping data prices high, according to the DA’s Marian Shinn.