Capacity boost may spur cut in data prices
Cell C plans to invest R2.5bn a year in its business after being given a lifeline by new investors
Mobile data prices could start to fall faster as operators invest in their networks, according to Robert Pasley, chief strategy officer at Cell C, which plans to invest R2.5bn a year in its business after being given a lifeline by new investors. The #DataMustFall campaign has prompted the government to investigate data prices and the expiry dates of data bundles, led by the Independent Communications Authority of SA and the Competition Commission. "At least in the Cell C network, we’ve seen our sites improve in terms of throughput by between 70% and 100% on a compound annual basis over the past few years," Pasley said in an interview on Friday. "So we’re close to doubling the amount of capacity that we’re able to provide to customers every year — and that’s even with the capex constraints that we’ve had over the past 12 months." Pasley said that with customers’ data usage rising 70% a year, data revenue growth was "in the order of 30% per annum", and this was higher than that of Cel...