The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) and mobile operators have been strongly criticised for not doing enough to ensure affordable data access.  Network coverage, quality and costs are barriers to access for especially poor South Africans living outside the main urban areas.

A more important consideration is that the voice and data affordability issue strangles entrepreneurial innovation and may be further hampering economic growth in SA, which is already struggling to overcome myriad other economic and social challenges. 

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