“Amendments of the regulations have been on the cards simply because there has been an outcry by the public that data is expensive,” says spokesperson Paseka Maleka.
ICASA is planning to change the End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations to prevent telecommunications operators from expiring users’ data for up to 24 months.
“We are looking into data expiry and used minutes. The aim therefore is to reduce the cost of data even further and people have access to their data for a longer period,” says Maleka.
The proposed expiry for data bundles
- 1-50MB: 10 days
- 50-500MB: 30 days
- 500MB-1GB: 60 days
- 1-5GB: 90 days
- 5-10GB: 180 days
- 10-20GB: 12 months
- 20GB and more: 24 months
“Interested parties have been given until 19 September 2017 to comment on the proposed regulations,” Maleka adds.