Dear President Zuma, here’s how you can bring down the price of data


Honorary Master
Jun 5, 2014
Stronger rand

The rand remained weak throughout 2016, following President Zuma’s decision to remove former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene from his post and install David van Rooyen in his place.

A weak rand means more expensive network equipment, which is imported and paid for in US dollars.

If the rand strengthens for an extended period, network input costs will come down, which means prices can come down.

^ Start there. the whole country will be better not just data prices.


Executive Member
Aug 12, 2010
This, as with everything else he spoke about (again), will just be added to "The List Of Broken Promises" next year.



Expert Member
Mar 24, 2010
Frequencies that mobile networks can use to expand and improve their networks have been stuck in limbo for years.

Asked how the price of data might be reduced in South Africa, the answer from operators is unanimous: release critical high-demand spectrum they can use in their mobile networks.

Can anyone Site an example of where government released spectrum and it brought costs down?

At the moment looking at current prices from competitors and the fact that Crystal web can literally resell Vodacoms data over the Vodacom network for Half the price consumers get it for directly from vodacom is ridiculous, same goes for MTN and Afrihost, spectrum and congestion isnt the problem here, mobile operators simply dont want to decrease prices because they have been making a huge profit from it for years.