Following the demands set out by the Competition Commission last year for mobile operators, Vodacom has agreed to slash it’s data prices and provide free access to certain websites for its customers.
The Competition Commission laid down the law when it came to exorbitant data prices from South African mobile operators. Among the demands were a lowering of data prices and offering “emergency data” for free to all users.
Beginning on 1 April, Vodacom customers will pay R99 per gigabyte of data, which is a 34% price decrease on the current price.
According to Fin24, this will be further decreased in April 2021.
The other major decision taken by Vodacom was to zero-rate websites which they have determined should be open to those without data.
These include university portals, Wikipedia, select government e-portals and departmental websites and seven approved job seeker portals.
The provider will also extend Vodacom’s Facebook Flex, which allows users to access a version of the website without using data, to all users.
Certain villages and suburbs will also receive personalised discounts on top of the general cuts and zero-ratings, according to Moneyweb.
Vodacom wouldn’t disclose these ‘pro-poor’ discounts as it said it wanted to protect the “competitive elements” of the deal.