- MTN has issued its response to the Competition Commission's finding that it was overcharging clients
- The mobile network giant held a press briefing to outline its plans to slash prices
- In addition to lowering prices, MTN announced a number of new benefits for clients
MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa has announced its response to the Competition Commission's call to lower the price of data in the country.
During an online press briefing in Johannesburg on Friday, Motsa explained that no country can progress unless it's connected.
Motsa outlined MTN's Internet 4 All manifesto, detailing how it intends to meet the following guidelines:
- It’s available to everyone
- It can be used by everyone
- It’s affordable to everyone
- People have endless uses for it
The CEO revealed that data usage has increased by 142% over the past three years. The price per megabyte has, according to Motsa, dropped by 76% during the same period.
Despite this reduction, MTN committed to dropping data prices by up to 50%. This will see a 1GB bundle costing R99 instead of the previous R149.
Free services on offer will include:
- 20MB free every day
- Free, open internet browsing between midnight and 5am
- Free Ayoba Chat, media and channels
- 500 zero-rated public benefit websites (health, TVET colleges, high school education, employment websites, public universities)
These changes are expected to come into play from 15 April due to the logistics required to implement them.
Briefly.co.za reported that Vodacom recently announced its response to the Competition Commission's finding that providers were overcharging consumers.
In a report detailing the findings, the commission had found that prices were 'anti-poor' and had hindered progress in South Africa.
The probed had followed an outcry from citizens who had denounced the cost of staying connected when other countries charge far less.
An example provided was Nigeria, where consumers pay only around R12 for 1GB of data.
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