Mobile operators are complying with new regulations that make it possible for consumers to roll over unused data even before the regulations are officially implemented, according to the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa). The regulator says it has observed a positive response to its regulations, with some operators now offering tariff plans with a roll-over option — even though the regulations have not been implemented because of a pending court challenge. 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. Icasa is pulling out all the stops to reduce the cost of communicating, saying it is only through legislative means that it can ensure reasonable pricing and market structure in the sector. Despite various interventions in recent years, the cost of communicating remains high.

The Competition Commission inquiry is also examining which ...

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