MTN ready to rumble in court: Battle over data pricing looms

MTN ready to rumble in court: Battle over data pricing looms

- MTN says it's ready to defend itself against any prosecution over data prices

- This comes after the Competition Tribunal gave the telecoms giant two months to lower costs

- The cellular giant feels the report had failed to consider the progress made in data pricing thus far

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MTN has announced that it will defend any prosecution levied against it over the high prices of data.

eNCA reports that chief executive Rob Shuter commented that the company's case will be presented to the Competition Tribunal if it came to it. reported that the Competition Tribunal had slammed the high costs of data in South Africa, dubbed the prices 'anti-poor'.

The report found that both MTN and Vodacom were forcing poor citizens to pay dear prices for pre-paid data.

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Both the telecoms behemoths were ordered to reduce pricing over the course of the next two months, or run the risk of facing a court battle over the debacle.

Vodacom has also indicated its intent to challenge the findings after the company lost billions following the release of the controversial data report.

Nevertheless, Shuter believed that the report failed to acknowledge the 'progress' made over the past few years in relation to data costs.

South Africans have long denounced the burden of restricted access to the internet, with nations like Nigeria paying as low as R12 per GB.

Even the African nations were Vodacom and MTN have branched out enjoy a lower cost than SA itself, according to the report.

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