#DataMustFall: High data costs are anti-poor, says expert

Tech expert Arthur Goldstuck is calling for a price cap on data of between 20 and 40 cents per megabyte.

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CAPE TOWN - A technology expert has described data pricing in South Africa as anti-poor.

Arthur Goldstuck, World Wide Worx MD, is calling for a price ceiling on data of between 20 and 40 cents per megabyte.

Parliament's portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services will tomorrow discuss the high cost of data during public hearings.

Goldstuck says the poor are subjected to the highest data costs.

"If you cannot afford to buy in bulk and you pay as you go, you're paying a massive premium for every megabyte used."

He claims this has led to users avoiding mobile internet all together.

"We have calculated that approximately 25 percent of smartphone users are not activating their internet because of high data costs."

Goldstuck says South Africa is not even in the top 10 of lowest mobile data costs, when compared to other African countries.