South Africa: ISPA welcomes probes into mobile data prices

South Africa: ISPA welcomes probes into mobile data prices

South Africa’s Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has welcomed a probe into mobile data prices. The Competition Commission is expected to announce an inquiry into high mobile data prices by 01 September, said ISPA. In addition, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is expected to launch an inquiry into competition in the provision of broadband services in the near future.

ISPA regulatory advisor Dominic Cull says ISPA encourages consumers to participate in both the Competition Commission and ICASA processes by visiting these organisations’ websites. He said ISPA believes consumers should be free to choose who they buy internet access or data from and noted that this was in line with government policy.

Cull said only top-end internet consumers in South Africa were lucky enough to be connected to an open access fibre network and have their pick of the country’s ISPs and benefit from real competition.

The government has outlined the right of consumers to choose their service provider as a key requirement of the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper. It requires fair and sustainable service-based competition, which will increase consumer choice of service providers and of services, reduce costs and increase innovation, said ISPA.