Competition Commission says data prices must fall: Costs are anti-poor

Competition Commission says data prices must fall: Costs are anti-poor

The Competition Commission has released its long-awaited report on data prices in South Africa. The nation's cellular providers must now reduce prices within two months or face prosecution.

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The Competition Commission has released its final report covering data costs in SA on Monday.

The verdict was that mobile data is simply too expensive, confirming the suspicions of countless citizens.

eNCA reports that MTN and Vodacom charge South African users more than what they charge customers in other countries they operate in.

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Briefly.co.za gathered that telecom giants now have two months to reduce these excessive prices, or face prosecution.

The Commission found that the pricing system was anti-poor, effectively cutting citizens off from work opportunities and the world at large.

Commenting on the situation, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel is adamant that data is the currency of daily interaction, supporting the motion of lower prices.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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