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Thursday, 28 February, 2019
Quote of the week
""To promote transparency, customers are requested to provide consent before being charged out-of-bundle data rates and have the option to buy a new bundle," "
- Len Pienaar CEO FNB Connect
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ICASA INVESTIGATES, VODACOM POSSIBLE NON COMPLAINCE
"Vodacom's proposed tariffs definitely defeat the purpose of the new rules; we may see another legal battle relating to this if Vodacom does not review this proposed pricing."
While Vodacom has a right to charge consumers fees for its data bundle roll-over service, this is "totally against" what the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) aims to achieve through the new data-expiry regulations.
This is according to analysts, reacting to Vodacom's proposed data bundle carry-over charges which the telco plans to introduce on 1 March.
It could cost consumers up to R49 for Vodacom's data bundle roll-over service.
Vodacom has proposed to charge its customers R5 to roll-over 100 megabytes (MB) in data, R12 to roll-over data between 100MB and 250MB, R19 to roll-over data between 250MB and 500MB and R29 for data between 500MB and 1GB.
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The South African government wants to make the country a leading ICT player in Africa, and is considering developing the continent's largest tech hub on home soil.
This was the word from small business development minister, Lindiwe Zulu, speaking at an engagement session with the creative industry in Johannesburg, under the theme: "Leveraging digital platforms for 4IR creatives".
According to Zulu, government is also exploring setting up a coding and programming academy, as well as co-working and co-creation spaces for the youth and start-ups in particular. Although details about the development of the tech hub are still vague, Zulu said through the Small Enterprise Development Agency, her department, in partnership with the Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services, has started a conversation to develop the tech hub.
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