Data leakage is a technical impossibility and an increase in data depletion is due to a surge in data use, according to WASPA.
“This surge in data usage is behind the data depletion that has generated recent media coverage,” said WASPA chairperson Casper de Villiers.
“If you consume something, it will be depleted. That’s basic economics,” he said.
WASPA said South Africans are spending a growing proportion of their cellular spend on data.
“South Africans are abandoning voice-based communication in droves. We predict that less than half of total mobile spend will be on voice calls by the end of this year.”
He said an increasing data share of cellphone spend is good news for the country’s economy.
According to the GSM Association, every doubling of mobile data use adds 0.5 percentage points to the GDP.
WASPA said it would continue to monitor potential threats to mobile users, and it advised users to download a data usage app to monitor spend.