Commission not ruling out data price findings being taken to tribunal or courts

The Competition Commission has presented its data service market inquiry’s final report and recommended that service providers reduce the price of data or face prosecution.

The commission found that data prices are excessive in South Africa and the market is highly dominated by Vodacom and MTN.

Speaking to Joanne Joseph, South African Competition Commission commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele says they did an extensive study for their report.

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We found that there is a lack of competition in the market for the provision of data services in South Africa.

Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner - South African Competition Commission

Specifically, we have found that Vodacom and MTN are dominant players and as a result of lack of competition, prices in South Africa are excessive.

Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner - South African Competition Commission

Banakele says they recommend that MTN and Vodacom drop their prices by between 30% and 50%.

We are saying to the operators they have two months to engage us on what's is the appropriate level on price reduction.

Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner - South African Competition Commission

I hope that they will take that reprieve and reach a sensible agreement with the regulators.

Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner - South African Competition Commission

I cannot take away the possibility that we may have to go to the competition tribunal on this or the courts.

Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner - South African Competition Commission

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Strategy Works Consulting CEO Steven Ambrose says the findings ignored the fact that the networks have been waiting for 10 years for the spectrum to be allocated

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