Vodacom, MTN to face prosecution in South Africa over high data prices

Vodacom, MTN to face prosecution in South Africa over high data prices

MTN Group and Vodacom Group in South Africa are likely to face prosecution if they do not lower their data prices.

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According to a report by Reuters, the two telecommunication companies have up to two months to agree with South Africa’s Competition Commission to reduce data prices.

A data services inquiry was launched in August 2017 in response to a request from the minister of economic development following complaints from consumers about high data costs.

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The Commission report recommended that the two mobile operators must agree with the competition watchdog on substantial reductions on tariff levels, especially prepaid monthly bundles.

The price reduction is expected to be between the region of 30% to 50%.

The mobile operators must also reach an agreement “to cease ongoing partitioning and price discrimination strategies that may facilitate greater exploitation of market power and anti-poor pricing.”

The Commission report concluded that if the two operators failed to reach the required recommended agreement with the Commission within the stipulated timeframes, the “Commission will proceed to prosecution under the appropriate sections of the Act”.

Meanwhile, in Ghana, consumers are complaining about the high cost of data by internet service providers.

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The agitation by Ghanaians has led to the hashtag #SaveOurData trending on social media in Ghana.

Consumers are calling on mobile network operators to reconsider the cost of their data plans.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that it has sighted photos of branded LPG cylinders of the two big political parties in Ghana.

From the photos, it is speculated that the two parties are going to share these cylinders to their members ahead of the 2020 general elections.

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