Yesterday we found that Vodacom intended to charge its users to roll over mobile data, something that was due to come into effect thanks to last year's Icasa ruling. A lot can happen in 24 hours. Today Vodacom has issued an update stating that that data-rollover would be free-of-charge, though there still seem to be some terms and conditions attached.
This week, mobile operators in South Africa need to comply with Icasa’s new rules concerning mobile data, but most of them are still hellbent on screwing consumers.
In a sign of streaming video is affecting traditional broadcasters, DStv will launch its own internet video service having seen Netflix account for a loss of 100,000 DStv subscribers. (Read more here.) This news follows an inquiry by the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (Icasa) into the subscription television broadcasting sector. MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela told Stuff these we...[Read More]
Data remains a hot topic in South Africa. Pressure from consumers and the #datamustfall movement recently prompted regulator Icasa to abolish data expiry, which will mean that once you buy data its yours to use. No non-sensical expiring, vanishing or other skullduggery. But, if you’re planning on changing service providers or getting a new contract, a bit of research is key to getting the be...[Read More]
This week the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is holding hearings into “the subscription television broadcasting sector… to determine whether there are competition issues in the sector, which require action to be taken by the Authority [sic] through the imposition of pro-competitive conditions on relevant licensees”. Let’s decode this double-speak from the Government Ga...[Read More]
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has finally made a decision on the future of data for mobile users, and it is definitely looking up. The new regulations state that mobile data shouldn’t expire. Initially, the regulator’s draft regulation of data bundles proposed that data should expire in a tier-system depending on how much data was bought. For example:...[Read More]
South African mobile operator Vodacom has today announced it’s cutting out-of-bundle data prices from the middle of October 2017. The new rate for prepaid and top-up customers will be 99c/MB from 15 October, while contract customers have been paying 89c/MB since the beginning of October. You’ll have to forgive us for not getting too excited at this news on account of having a calculato...[Read More]
It’s not quite the #DataMustFall that people have been begging for, but telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has given us #DataMustNotExpire. Icasa has published draft regulations in the Government Gazette stipulating new time frames for the expiry of data. This is a good step, and such proactivity should be rewarded. Cellular operators obviousl...[Read More]