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SA Promises to Cut Data Costs

The promise by South African president Jacob Zuma last week during his State of the Nation Address (SONA 2017) that the government is looking at ways to reduce the cost of data packages adds to a growing number of countries on the continent that have announced their intention to lower data prices.

Nigeria and Ghana have already vowed to take similar action, while steps to increase costs have since been reversed in Zimbabwe following public outcry.

MTN and Telkom to Give Students Free Data

Telecommunications giants MTN and Telkom are giving students access to academic materials online at no cost as #FeesMustFall protests rage on across the country.

MTN chief executive Mteto Nyati said they would allow university students free access to university websites in order to access online content. Telkom said this was part of its ongoing commitment to supporting education.

Telkom Help Students Access Academic Materials

Telkom said that it will be providing free data to students who cannot access academic materials due to the ongoing student protests which have lasted for a month.
In a statement on Wednesday‚ the communications service provider said this is part of its ongoing commitment to supporting education within South Africa.

Many institutions have had to make alternative plans to continue the academic year‚ including making lecture and study material available online while campuses are accessible to students.

Free Wi-Fi for Johannesburg

The City of Johannesburg has embarked on a collaboration with the CIDA City Campus University that will enable the training of 3 000 Digital Ambassadors to assist with the role-out of 1 000 free WiFi hotspots around the metropole.

Currently in the Big Apple, Johannesburg Mayor, Parks Tau, signed a memorandum of understanding with New York-based firm, Africa Integras that will fund the initial phase of the training.

MWEB Launches Free ‘Wi-Fi in Durban

Durbanites will now have access to free Wi-Fi in Florida Road as MWEB rolls out the first of its Wi-Fi activated high streets.

The internet service provider announced that it has launched a Wi-Fi hotspot in the famous street in the city to provide customers with high-speed data access to the Internet.

However, unlike traditional hotspots, the MWEB installation keeps users connected throughout the length of the street.

SA Has A 'Right' to Cheap Data

According to Duncan Alfreds, data cost remains a barrier to many South Africans accessing the Internet and reducing that cost should be the priority, an industry insider insists.

In his article titled ‘SA has a 'right' to cheap data’, Alfreds echoes Kevin Hurwitza, Wonga.com chief executive officer’s view that, "Access to cost-effective data should be a basic right to consumers, not a luxury."

WhatsApp and Facebook Data Sharing on Recess

Facebook agreed to suspend its planned use of data from UK users of its WhatsApp messaging service for advertising purposes, the nation’s privacy watchdog said as it vowed to “keep pushing” so people get more control.
 
“We’ve set out the law clearly to Facebook, and we’re pleased that they’ve agreed to pause using data from UK WhatsApp users for advertisements or product improvement purposes,” UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a blog post Monday.

Data Too High for Government

Google said Wednesday that data requests from governments around the world hit a record high in the six months ending in June, extending a steady rise.

The 44 943 requests amounted to a 10% increase from the prior six-month period and a fourth consecutive increase, Google said in its "transparency report."

The official requests related to 76 713 user accounts in the latest period, down from 81,311 in the second half of 2015.

#DataMustFall Campaign Launched

Former Metro FM DJ Tbo Touch (real name Thabo Molefe) has started a #DataMustFall campaign, calling for network service providers to cut data costs, as they are ‘too expensive’.
 
Taking to Twitter, Tbo Touch has listed a number of reasons why he thought data should be affordable, saying South Africa was the only country in Africa that had high data costs.
 
He says the success of his campaign would enable every student to access textbooks online for those who could not afford it, while some would be able to stream lectures.
 

Mobile Data on the Increase in SA

According to a report, mobile data traffic in South Africa is expected to have a compound annual growth of 53 percent in the next five years.

The Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2013 to 2018, points out that mobile data traffic will reach an annual run rate of two exabytes (one quintillion bytes) by 2018.

The report also states that 60 percent of mobile connections in South Africa will be ‘smart’ connections by 2018, up from 20 percent in 2013.

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