Rules on expiry of data bundles in sight
Network operators are under intense pressure to reduce communication costs
Final regulations on the expiry of data bundles will be in place by the end of October. These are expected to bring relief to consumers, who have long bemoaned usage limits. The government is pulling out all the stops to reduce the cost to communicate, pointing out that it is only through legislative means that the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) can ensure reasonable pricing and market structure in the sector. Network operators have been under intense scrutiny in recent months for allegedly ripping off consumers, especially when it comes to data expiry dates and out-of-bundle billing. Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele said in a response to a question in Parliament from the IFP that the regulator was working on transparency mechanisms to regulate the expiry of data bundles. Initial interventions, said Cwele, would ensure provisions to guarantee that all segments of data bundles did not automatically expire after 30 days, as is the nor...