Vodacom wants access to research on data costs in other African countries


“Currently 55% of South Africans would have to spend 15% of their income to buy a very modest 1GB of mobile data. The actual cost is much higher. More than one mobile network provider has‚ in recent months‚ aggressively marketed a 30MB bundle for R12‚ a price point that those living in poverty could possibly afford.

“Yet‚ this equates to R400 per gigabyte of data or over 40% of the monthly income of 30 million South Africans.”

He said it appeared mobile networks were taking advantage of poorer South Africans by charging them disproportionately high rates‚ with wealthier individuals qualifying for post-paid contracts paying approximately half the cost of 1GB prepaid mobile data.

Koketso Moeti and Paul Mason of Amandla.Mobi in their submission said…

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