WASPA says surge in data usage behind depletion data

10 March 2017

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South Africa's Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (WASPA) says mobile users are spending a declining percentage of their mobile phone budgets on voice calls and a growing proportion of their mobile spend on data. Casper de Villiers, WASPA chairperson, says this surge in data usage is behind the data depletion that has generated recent media coverage, noting that data leakage does not exist.

WASP says local mobile consumers are still adjusting to the reality of the new global data economy. De Villiers says South Africans are abandoning voice-based communication in droves and predicts that less than half of total mobile spend will be on voice calls by the end of this year. He says consumers are learning how to budget for data usage and will soon realise that data is not 'disappearing' from their mobile phone accounts.

He added the fact that data's share of mobile phone spend is increasing is welcome news for the country's economy. WASPA has previously highlighted the positive relationship between economic growth and cellular usage that increasingly comprises more data-intensive app interaction. The worldwide GSM Association found that every doubling of mobile data use adds a solid 0.5 percentage points to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). WASPA has been looking out for the interests of the country's mobile consumers since its inception in 2004.

Source: Telecompaper 7 March 2017