- Vodacom has agreed to cut its data prices by at least 30% for monthly bundles
- In addition to this, the network giant has announced initiatives to help poorer communities access the internet
- This comes after the Competition Commission found that both MTN and Vodacom were overcharging clients
Vodacom has announced a number of initiatives to help South Africans access the internet in affordable ways.
In conjunction with the Competition Commission, it was revealed that monthly data prices would fall by a minimum of 30%, effective from 1 April.
News24 reports that CEO Shameel Joosub had agreed to sacrifice R2.7 billion annually as part of the deal. One gigabyte of data is expected to not cost more than R99.
Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner of the SA Competition Commission, commented:
"Shameel [Joosub] has been a very tough and robust negotiator, but has handled these negotiations with the necessary compassion for his clients."
In addition to this, 'ConnectU' will see zero-rated services made available on one easy-to-use platform with a focus on citizens in poorer communities.
In a bid to make a world of knowledge available to South Africans, Wikipedia will be accessible free of charge.
Vodacom has also announced efforts to help job-seekers, who will be able to view and even apply for open positions in seven zero-rated job portals in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Competition Commission had released a report on how network providers were overcharging citizens.
This finding dubbed the inflated prices as 'anti-poor', effectively barring poorer citizens from accessing the web of data that connects the world.
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