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The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has revised its end-user and subscriber-service charter regulations, which, among other things, aim to reduce internet data costs for consumers. The regulations call for network operators to provide adequate notification to consumers when voice, SMS and data bundles get depleted. The regulations were part of a series of interventions that Icasa planned to implement to ensure that the cost of communication was reduced to "acceptable levels to the ultimate benefit of consumers", it said. "The review of the regulations was necessitated by general concerns raised by various stakeholders, including consumer groups and social media campaigns, with regards to data expiry rules, high out-of-bundle rates and rules and also out-of-bundle voice and SMS rules," Icasa councillor Botlenyana Mokhele announced. In the first draft of the regulations, published in August, Icasa received 20 comments from telecommunications companies and individual...

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