Weak Regulation Blamed for Higher Data Prices

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 17:33
Survey blames weak regulation for higher data pricing in South Africa

Research ICT Africa says that weak regulation in South Africa has driven up mobile data pricing, pushing the country down to 30th out of 46 African countries surveyed.

Research ICT Africa executive director, Dr Alison Gillwald, points out that, "The fact of the matter is that we don’t have an as highly competitive market as they have in many other African countries, nor as effective regulation...”

A new policy document by the organisation found that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) regulation on the termination price that operators charge to terminate calls on each other's networks has not had the desired effect of significantly reducing prices for consumers.

To read the article titled, “Weak regulation 'drives up SA mobile prices',” click here.

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News24