Data Must Fall! Government puts pressure on mobile networks to drive down costs

Compared to the rest of Africa; South Africans are paying exorbitant rates for data.

Craig Wilson, Stuff

One of the reasons we pay so much for data is that operators are starved of spectrum.

Craig Wilson, Stuff

Government will meet with mobile networks to drive down the price of data.

So said Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele.

Cwele also said he wants to allow smaller players to enter the market.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is conducting research into data prices, focussing on competition.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham interviewed Stuff’s Craig Wilson.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

Previously, Icasa has been pretty effective in bringing down call rates.

Craig Wilson, Stuff

There is very little incentive for operators to drop prices.

Craig Wilson, Stuff

Cheaper data boosts GDP.

Craig Wilson, Stuff

We were meant to be first country to switch to digital TV. Now it looks like we’re going to be the last.

Craig Wilson, Stuff

This article first appeared on 702 : Data Must Fall! Government puts pressure on mobile networks to drive down costs


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