In a recent meeting, The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services briefed the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services on the cost to communicate. According to the Department, increased access to communications technologies, in particular broadband, and the services and content carried on ICT networks is an important means of promoting growth.
SA Connect - South Africa's national broadband policy highlights that one of the primary factors hampering the country's competitiveness is the high prices charged for communication services.
The Department's research shows that:
- Just over half of South Africa’s households (53.5%) had at least one member who used the Internet either at home, workplace, place of study or internet café
- The Western Cape and Gauteng provinces had the highest access to the Internet
- MTN is the most expensive on 100MB, 500MB, 1GB, 2GB and 20GB
- Telkom is the cheapest on 500MB, 1GB, 2GB and 20GB
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