Icasa finally tackling high data costs

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), on Wednesday briefed Parliament's select committee on communications and public enterprises on data costs in South Africa.

Reuben Mohlaloga, acting chairperson of Icasa says that they briefed the committee on the fact that although data costs have been going down for the past 3 years, they are still unaffordable. He says there are certain interventions they have to put in place as the regulator.

Short to medium term concerns:

  • In and out of bundle tariff deferential
  • Expiry of data at the end of the month
  • Obligation for operators to do consumer awareness

You can see that there is that in bundle and out of bundle deferential which is unjustifiable. It amounts to the poor subsidising the rich.

Reuben Mohlaloga, acting chairperson of Icasa

If you look at people who are on higher bundles, they spent less per megabyte. If I buy a higher bundle I would spent about 5c per megabyte and a student who buys 100 megabytes would spent 35c per megabytes.

Reuben Mohlaloga, acting chairperson of Icasa

According to Mohlaloga, the draft regulations will be published next week for public consultation.

The whole process will be finalised in about six weeks, he says

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