"Poverty premium" hits poorest hardest with high data costs

There is an urgent recommendation from the #DataMustFall commission to regulate the limit of pricing between small and large data bundles between contract and prepaid customers.

Thursday was the second day of public hearings into the Competition Commission's Data Market Inquiry, where the cost of data across all mobile service providers in South Africa has come under scrutiny.

READ: ANC want data prices to fall by October

Community advocacy organisation, Amandla. Mobi is one of the groups who is fighting for data to drop saying South Africa's underprivileged are the ones paying a 'poverty premium'.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa Amandla.Mobi, executive director Koketso Moeti says she agrees with Telkom's argument that spectrum is the red herring side on the issue of competition.

There is competition on the high-end user side, so people who live informality, people who are employed and earn certain income are able to enjoy a wide range of internet service providers and broadband at home.

Koketso Moeti, Amandla.Mobi Executive Director

She says their argument is that the bottom end of the spectrum, the less connected who depend on mobile providers, there is a lack of competition.

Listen below to the full interview:


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