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South Africans rely on Wifi hotspots amid high cost of data

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Studies by South African academics on mobile pricing suggest that the costs of mobile

services, including data and voice calls remains among the highest in the world which shows

a distorted and uncompetitive market. South Africa’s mobile telecommunications industry has

four major players. Onica Nonhlanhla Makwakwa, Head of Africa for Alliance for Affordable

Internet says South Africa should consider access to affordable internet as a basic human right.

@Onica Nonhlanhla Makwakwa, Alliance for Affordable Internet

"It is really important to have affordable internet. One being that South Africa participates in all

the forums and we know that access to the internet has been accepted as a basic human right.

So, from that point of view, we need to make sure that every citizen affords and can be able to be

online. "

In the last past years, South Africans started the data must fall campaign focused on exorbitant

mobile data costs. The country's Competition Commission hears the complaints and it ruled

that mobile data prices have to be slashed by up to 50% This Soweto resident connects to a

local school's Wifi. He says even though data pricing has been reduced, access to internet is still


"When I am home, I'm always out of data. So one day I went out and saw some school pupils

nearby who then informed me that there is Wifi available. So, I logged on and searched for

the signal and found it. The school kids gave us the Wifi pin. So, we use the Wifi to search the

internet, Facebook, Whatsapp and download whatever we need to download on the internet."

On a continental scale, thee World estimates that Africa will require an investment totaling

100 billion US dollars to plug every citizen into the internet by 2030. Wandiswa ntengento,

Johannesburg, South Africa. Africanews.

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