Im­pe­tus placed on re­duc­tion of com­mu­ni­ca­tion costs

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THE govern­ment’s pro­gramme to re­duce the price South Africans pay for com­mu­ni­ca­tion was well on track, with some key find­ings from mar­ket reg­u­la­tors ex­pected later this year, Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Siyabonga Cwele said yes­ter­day.

Brief­ing jour­nal­ists ahead of the tabling of his bud­get in Par­lia­ment later in the af­ter­noon, Cwele said the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion would re­lease the find­ings of its mar­ket in­quiry into data costs by Au­gust this year, while the In­de­pen­dent Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Author­ity of South Africa (Icasa) would also make some key an­nounce­ments.

“In June 2018, Icasa is sched­uled to re­lease the find­ings of its Pri­or­ity Mar­ket Study which should list mar­kets prone to ex-ante reg­u­la­tion and pri­or­ity mar­kets to be sub­jected to mar­ket re­view pro­cesses,” said Cwele. “We urged Icasa to pri­ori­tise broad­band data mar­ket be­cause data must fall and we must work to­gether to achieve this goal.”

Since 2016, the #DataMustFall cam­paign took off with govern­ment, civil so­ci­ety and cit­i­zens call­ing for a drop in the cost of com­mu­ni­ca­tions. – African News Agency (ANA)

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