Despite recent intervention from the Competition Commission, South Africa still has some of the most expensive mobile data rates on the continent. In fact, from lowest to highest data tariffs, Research ICT Africa's Retail African Mobile Pricing (RAMP) Index ranked South Africa 33rd out of 46 African countries this year.
Jeremy Lang, regional general manager at Business Partners Limited, says that this high cost of data continues to hamper the profitability and productivity of many local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
“While this is a well-established constraint for South African SMEs, it became particularly apparent over the recent COVID-19 lockdown, when internet connectivity emerged as an indispensable business tool.”
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