Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) amended a previous draft proposal on data expiry and is now requesting that all prepaid bundles have a minimum expiry period of three years.
The communications regulator has been holding public hearings following a general concern around perceived high cost of data.
Executive Director at Amandla.Mobi, Koketso Moeti says the proposal may affect the daily data packages that low income users depend on.
Lower income users would buy perhaps a 100 megabyte daily package, we can see from the practices and behavior that a lot of people depend on these packages. There is no way that 100 megabytes of data is going to last for three years. Our concern is that this would potentially stifle these innovative small packages that people are currently using.— Koketso Moeti, Executive Director at Amandla.Mobi
Instead of stipulating that data should be valid for three years, whereas not even a 5 gigabyte is going to last for that long. They should push for rollover. If you are buying a 30 day bundle, you should be able to roll it over to the next allocation month.— Koketso Moeti, Executive Director at Amandla.Mobi
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