Telecoms Regulation

South Africa: MTN To Fight Recommendations To Cut Data Prices

MTN has revealed that it will oppose what it believes to be intrusive recommendations from SA’s antitrust watchdog, saying that it already slashed its data prices and invested significantly in its network.

On Monday, the Competition Commission declared that MTN and its rival Vodacom would face prosecution if they do not decrease data prices.

MTN said that it disagrees with the recommendations to cut data prices by as much as half.

The telco said that it would continue to invest in its network, even though South Africa had some of the lowest spectrum allocations in the markets in which it operates. 

The commission’s final report said that MTN and Vodacom have to each reach an agreement with the regulator on reducing data prices within two months of the release of the report. 

For consumers, the ultimatum is seen as a victory following social media and street campaigns opposing expensive data.

The networks are not the only ones dealing with the report.

South Africa’s Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said that the government would read through the findings and recommendations to come up with new policies to help ordinary South Africans have more affordable internet access. 

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