Vodacom cuts data costs by 14%

Vodacom cuts data costs by 14%
COMPLYING: SA's largest mobile operator Vodacom this week announced a double-digit cut in its pricing for prepaid data. PICTURE BY Twitter

Now a  30-day 1GB will cost R85 while MTN charges R99, Cell C R95 and Telkom R99.

Vodacom, South Africa’s largest mobile network provider, has reduced the price of its 30-day data bundle by up to 14%.

In 2020 the Competition Commission pushed the mobile network provider into making major price cuts.

South Africa’s major mobile providers – Vodacom, Telkom, MTN, and Cell C – have spent the last year adjusting their data offerings. 

In addition to complying with the Competition Commission’s orders, which found that data prices in South Africa were too high, mobile providers say that further independent price cuts are intended to help consumers amid the difficult period of the pandemic.

MyMTN Home’s competitive LTE offering recently capitalised on the remote working trend, which was followed by Cell C’s own Home Connecta Flexi prepaid deal. 

Telkom’s Thola More package, launched earlier this month, has added free data benefits as part of its prepaid recharge tariff.  

And while all major players are expanding their router-based offerings, Vodacom’s latest push to reduce the cost of prepaid mobile data to its 43 million customers sees the provider almost halving the price of data since 2019. 

This aligns with the Competition Commission’s recommendations.

“For the past four years, we have remained relentless and consistent in our approach to democratise access by bringing about affordable mobile prices,” explained Jorge Mendes, the chief officer of Vodacom’s consumer business.

“Our aim in reducing these prices is to ensure customers are constantly connected on SA’s leading network,” Mendes said.

-Business Insider SA-