Vodacom and MTN must cut data prices, or we must force them to

Consumers and businesses must put pressure on South Africa’s mobile operators to reduce data prices.

This is according to Connection Telecom managing director David Meintjes, who was speaking at the MyBroadband Cloud, Hosting, and Security Conference today.

Meintjes said South Africans must put pressure on regulators to get operators to reduce their mobile data prices.

In his presentation, he showed GSMA data that predicted a 57% compound annual growth rate for mobile data usage between 2014 and 2019 – from 2.5 exabytes to 24.3 exabytes.

It also showed that in the next few years, data service revenues will start to make up more than 50% of total mobile service revenues.

He challenged the idea that data revenues would increase on the back of dramatically-reduced voice revenues.

Meintjes said voice revenues would not see a significant decline, and that mobile operators will continue making more money unless prices decline.

“And prices will only decline if we put pressure on them,” said Meintjes.

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