South Africa 18.11.2016 02:43 pm

Data has fallen! Check out the new prices

Thabo 'Tbo Touch' Molefe. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Simphiwe Nkwali)..

Thabo 'Tbo Touch' Molefe. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Simphiwe Nkwali)..

Tbo Touch’s #DataMustFall campaign has finally yielded some results, with one network service provider finally giving in.

Former Metro FM DJ Tbo Touch (real name Thabo Molefe) has announced that MTN has joined the low data movement, further detailing the new data prices. Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Tbo Touch said he had “the biggest announcement ever of my entire career”, without giving more information.

“#DataFalling @MTNza has joined the low data movement. 1Gig data bundle is now R65 2Gig R99 Unlimited calls, SMS, 3G data for R859 AlutaContinua,” he tweeted.

Tbo Touch’s announcement has, however, been met with criticism, with some saying the new data prices were only for Night Express.

“You know most people are sleeping around this time. Nothing has fallen. We want day data to fall,” said one Twitter user.

Also, all MTN subscribers will stream Touch Central for free starting from Monday, leaving the question open as to who this is really meant to benefit.

On Friday afternoon, he announced the network finally gave in and reduced its data prices.

Tbo Touch started a #DataMustFall campaign, calling for network service providers to cut data costs, as they were “too expensive”.

Taking to Twitter, Touch listed a number of reasons he thought data should be affordable, saying South Africa was the only country in Africa that had high data costs.

He said the success of his campaign would enable every student to access textbooks online for those who could not afford it, while some would be able to stream lectures.

“Imagine watching your lecture on YouTube while downloading a textbook on,” he tweeted, also asking how a young entrepreneur was supposed to market their business “when the internet is the price of gold”.

He said he had asked Icasa chairperson Rubben Mohlaloga to intervene, asking him why South Africa had the “most expensive broadband in the world”, also revealing he paid R9 000 for data monthly.

Touch went as far as sending Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa a message to cut data costs if he wanted his vote and “pocket”, responding to a fan who asked him if Ramaphosa still had shares at MTN.

His campaign gained support from celebrities such as D’Banj, designer David Tlale and Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, who tweeted he was in support of the campaign.

Read more: Tbo Touch and Lesufi unite against high data costs


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