SOUTH AFRICA INTRODUCES NEW REGULATIONS TO CONTROL DATA COSTSG

JOHANNESBURG– The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced new regulations to eliminate the punitive nature of data costs in the country.

The regulator announced here Thursday that the new regulations would reduce the cost of communication without prescribing lower prices for now.

Icasa councillors say consumers are being treated unfairly by network providers by charging them exorbitant out-of-bundle rates, without prior consent, when their data limit has been exceeded. The councillors also argue that consumers lose unused data at the end of the month.

Under the new regulations, network providers are required to notify users when their data has reached 50 per cent, 80 per cent and 100 per cent depletion levels.

The networks providers are also required to allow consumers an option to rollover unused data to the following month. Consumers should be allowed to transfer data quotas to other people who are on the same network.

People should also not be charged out-of-bundle rates without their prior consent.

The new regulations will be published in the Government Gazette next week and will come into effect at the beginning of June.

Icasa said that thereafter, it would begin the process of examining data prices with the view to bringing them down.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK