Government’s programme to reduce the price South Africans pay to communicate is well on track with some key findings from market regulators expected later this year, Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele says.
Briefing journalists ahead of the tabling of his budget in Parliament later in the afternoon, Cwele on Thursday 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,” Cwele said.
“We have 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 in South Africa, which saw government, civil society and famous citizens join the call for the cost of communication in the country to drop significantly.