The Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa believes that telecoms authorities must prioritise the reduction of data costs.
ISPA says while consumers and government have already made it clear that #DataMustFall, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is slacking.
“The priority market for intervention is obvious and there is no need to waste more time,” says the association’s Dominic Cull, as reported by MyBroadband.
“Consumers are having to balance their growing need for megs and gigs with their very limited rands and cents: ICASA needs to address this with the urgency it deserves.”
Since the dawn of the #DataMustFall campaign, consumers have grown more and more irate with data costs in South Africa, with images comparing SA costs to those of other countries going viral on social networks.
While the images have, for the most part, circulated exaggerated information, South African data prices are relatively high. Considering the income range of much of the country, public discontent around the issue is only likely to grow.
Early last year, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabong Cwele ordered ICASA to prioritise the development of regulations that will ensure “effective competition in broadband markets”.
As yet, South Africans continue to pay exorbitant prices for mobile data, but with more encouragement from the likes of ISPA, it may be only a matter of time until ICASA is forced to make a stand.