South Africa: MTN To Announce Data-Price Changes Before End Of March
20 March 2020
MTN plans to announce its new data prices in South Africa by the end of March after it was ordered to cut prices by the Competition Commission.
Vodacom, MTN’s competitor in South Africa last week cut its data prices by 34% for April after concluding its talks with the Competition Commission.
The commission, whose ruling was made last year, criticized both MTN and Vodacom for misusing their local market dominance to practice price discrimination strategies.
It said evidence showed that there was scope for the mobile operators to decrease their data prices by 30% to 50%, and the telecoms giants were urged to reach an agreement to cut prices.
MTN said that it continues to have constructive talks with the Competition Commission.
Vodacom’s Shameel Joosub said that its new agreement would also give users free access to job portals, Wikipedia, Facebook Flex and other educational content and government services.
The Competition Commission Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele said that negotiations are in “quite advanced” stages with certain mobile operators and that new price deals would be announced soon, according to reports by Fin24 reported.