#DataMustFall: SA cellphone data costs not likely to decrease soon

According to a recent study South Africans spend almost 25 percent of their salary on internet usage.

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CAPE TOWN - Telecommunications analyst Kerwin Lebone says cellular phone data costs in South Africa will not be cheaper anytime soon.

Lebone, who works for the Institute of Race Relations, agrees with the recent public outcry over exorbitant cellular phone data costs.

The hashtag 'Data Must Fall' trended on Twitter this week since the campaign was launched on Thursday.





According to a recent study South Africans spend almost 25 percent of their salary on internet usage, well above the international telecommunication union's guideline of 5 percent.

Lebone says we pay more for data than first world countries.

"If we measure developed countries, such as in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US), we pay ten times more on average monthly on data that the UK spends and eight times more than in the US."



Lebone says all these issues will be discussed in Parliament this coming week.

"Next week, the Portfolio Committee on Communications will be holding discussions and they have invited members of the public to come discuss better access to broadband by the public."