MTN fined R5 million

Bradley Prior

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MTN fined R5 million

MTN has been issued a fine by ICASA's Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) for not observing the required notice period when increasing the price of its 1GB WhatsApp data bundle.

The fine comprises a total of R5 million, of which R2 million is suspended for three years following the date of the ruling.
 

CataclysmZA

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MTN: "Oh no, was that wrong, should we not have done that?"

shakes pockets, hears jingling

MTN: "Here you go."
 

Goosfrabba

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Chump change for them. Can probably scrounge around for that figure between the sofa cushions
 

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Compared to what they get fined in Nigeria, this must be a joke to them..
 

sa-rab

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I don't think it was a network issue it was more like lets find extra income after out of bundle data was stopped.
 

Cius

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Pocket change for MTN, however the reputation loss of the fine hitting the press is worth much more I would imagine.

Lol, read the article now. So MTN basically made watsapp data effectively free and people started abusing it. 200% increase was off a very low base, competition commission is a bunch of retards. If the price hike is bad let the market punish the company. The only time I think they need to get involved is if all cell providers did it in collusion. Clearly MTN realized a mistake and ended a crazy special that was killing their network.
 

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Surprised it happened to such a nice ethical company...
*cough* WASP, OOB, Data Expiry, Inflated International Roaming, Price increase mid contract, Increase without notification, Pre-RICA SIM, ... *cough*
 

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So everything was working fine and then suddenly they couldn't wait 7 days to increase the price to protect the network? Yeah right.
 

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are South Africans so stupid to believe it was a network issue, mtn clearly thinks so, another piece of evidence mtn cares sh! t about consumers
 

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MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa sent a letter highlighting the risks to the company’s 3G network due to the spike in traffic caused by the WhatsApp data bundle price.

Lol he is taking the piss......
 

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According to News24, this is a 200% price hike!

From R10 to R30, if they got over 150 000 to buy the bundle, they still made a profit on it even with the fine, and a company that made R6.055bn profit in 2018 won't feel the effects of a R3m fine, it's a rounding error.

Fine should have been rather that any user that bought that social media bundle at the time should receive the next two whatsapp bundles free or something along those lines, would have had way more of an impact and actually reimburse consumers.
 

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Only a R3 mil fine while they made 100X that amount for NOT following the rules. Easy money..... That wont stop them from doing it again...
Like they say: Rather say sorry then ask for permission.
 
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