Will data fall? Government inquiry set to probe high costs next month

21 September 2018


Johannesburg– September 19, 2017: Rights2Know protestors gathered outside the Vodacom head office on September 19, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Competition Commission will next month hold public hearings for the Data Services Market Inquiry. The Commission initiated the Market Inquiry following numerous complaints relating to data services in the country, and had this to say:

“The Market Inquiry seeks to understand features in the market and the value chain that may cause or lead to high prices for data services. It also seeks to make recommendations that would result in lower prices for data services.”

In August last year, the Commission launched a Market Inquiry into data services with the release of the terms of reference and call for submissions. A number of stakeholders in the service sector made submissions in response to the call for submissions.

These stakeholders include the Internet Service Providers’ Association, Media Monitoring Africa, MTN, the Right2Know Campaign, Tarifica, Telkom, the Alliance for Affordable Internet, amandla.mobi, Broadband Infraco, Cell C, DG Murray Trust, Electronic Communications Network and Vodacom.

The Market Inquiry will be held on 17 and 18 October 2018 in Gauteng, following the extension of the Market Inquiry’s deadline to 31 March 2019. The Commission said. Read the full article on The South African here.