South Africa’s telecoms industry needs to bring down the price of data, especially out-of-bundle prices and the price of small data bundles.
This is according to Godfrey Motsa, CEO of MTN South Africa. Motsa was speaking at the 2017 MyBroadband Conference.
“Within the next 30 days, MTN South Africa will announce our move on this,” said Motsa.
He said they are finalising the changes they want to announce, and are running test scenarios, but will announce something soon.
Motsa said they are not aiming to shake up the market with their next announcement, but will “do something positive for our customers”.
R50 per GB
Motsa’s statement followed his plea to the government and ICASA to release radio frequency spectrum to mobile operators.
MTN could deliver mobile data at R50 per gigabyte if the government releases more spectrum to mobile network operators, he said.
1GB of prepaid mobile data on South African networks currently costs around R150 for a 30-day bundle.
Motsa said they could also reduce out-of-bundle data prices to the same levels as Telkom mobile – 29c per megabyte.
Motsa said the government can release capacity in the 2,600MHz band right now, as those frequencies have been lying dormant.
“Spectrum is oxygen for networks. Spectrum reduces prices,” said Motsa.