Impetus placed on reduction of communication costs
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)