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Thursday, 25 October, 2018
Quote of the week
""Diarists described many strategies to minimise the costs of their connectivity, and to manage their cash flows, including staying up late at night to make use of cheaper rates, buying airtime and data in very small quantities, and leaving their data connections off except occasionally to check messages," the report says. "
- Izolo Mobile Diaries
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#DATA Must Fall, Competition Commission, ICASA
"High data prices limits the poor's ability to access the Internet, which is needed to keep in touch with loved ones, find opportunities, register a business, and in provinces like Gauteng, apply for public schools. We are also seeing government services increasingly have an online component; the convenience of which isn't being experienced by low-income users," Keketso Moeti
Mobile operators yesterday tried to explain to the Competition Commission (CompCom) why data prices are not where consumers want them to be.
The smaller telcos blamed the dominance of larger players, while the majority of operators agreed that a lack of spectrum is a major factor.
All four of SA's major mobile operators made complex presentations at the CompCom's Data Services Market Inquiry in Pretoria yesterday. The CompCom has been holding public hearings from Wednesday to look into the state of competition in the data services sector, after mounting pressure from consumers to have data prices fall.
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Data bundle pricing has seen volatility over the past few years, with consumers increasingly calling for prices to come down.
A new report from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) compares bundle price fluctuations from SA's four major operators over the past five years.
ICASA has published its latest "Bi-annual Report on the Analysis of Tariff Notifications", with the latest data to 30 June 2018. The regulator provides analysis of the price trends between 2013 and 2018 for prepaid data bundles, valid for 30 days, for operators MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom Mobile.
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