CAPE TOWN – President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the telecommunication industry to bring down the costs of data in South Africa, which will be in line with other countries in the world.
Over the last few years, there have been complaints from consumers on the high costs of data in South Africa.
“Wherever we have gone young people have continuously raised the issue of the excessive high data costs in South Africa,” said Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation Address.
Ramaphosa said Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will issue the policy direction to Icasa to commence the spectrum licensing process within the next month.
The president said this will provide impetus to this process.
“This process will include measures to promote competition, transformation, inclusive growth of the sector and universal access,” Ramaphosa said.
“This is a vital part of bringing down the costs of data, which is essential both for economic development and for unleashing opportunities for young people.
“We call on the telecommunications industry further to bring down the cost of data so that it is in line with other countries in the world.”