The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published draft regulations in the Government Gazette with regards to the expiry of data.
The communications regulator has been working on tackling the high cost of data.
Icasa is proposing extending the 'lifespan' of data and an option to opt out of out-of-bundle rates in addition to more frequent data depletion notices.
For data bundles between 1GB and 5G, Icasa proposes that it remains valid for 90 days, while bigger bundles, such as 20GB and more, must remain valid for 24 months or longer.
End users must also be provided with an option to roll over unused data before the expiry date.
Duncan McLeod, founder and editor at Techcentral says the proposals that Icasa has put forward are quite contentious to the operators.
It's quite an aggressive move by Icasa but it is still very much in draft form and no doubt it will be debated quite aggressively in Icasa's forums over this coming months.— Duncan McLeod Founder and Editor at Techcentral
I imagine the arguments the big operators are going to put forward in this process is that this could have unintended consequences and potentially making data even more expensive.— Duncan McLeod Founder and Editor at Techcentral
Interested parties have been given until 19 September 2017 to comment on the proposed regulations.
It might take a while before consumers see the proposed measures being implemented, says McLeod.
We might see the matter ending up in court as operators try to fight back. And if that happens, the implementations might take a year or even longer.— Duncan McLeod, Techcentral
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