Cellular Companies Must Reduce Costs of Calls

13 June 2013    


The Inkatha Freedom Party has again expressed the need to see cellular and communication costs in general reduced, during a SCOPA meeting in parliament held earlier this week.


IFP's Narend Singh, MP, IFP spokesperson on SCOPA said, "The fees charged by mobile phone service providers amounts to nothing more than theft. We still have some of the highest costs to communicate in Africa and the world. The big communications players have been on the gravy train since the advent of cellular communication in South Africa. This would never be the case in the UK or the United States because licensing would not be anywhere near as monopolised as it is here."


Singh further said that he had been informed that spending on cell phones accounts for eight per cent of income at a national level and accounts for roughly 18 percent of income for the poorest and that out of 47 countries in Africa, South Africa has the third highest spend on cell phones as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product.


"This is ludicrous! Pricing adjustments must be made willingly by cellular service providers or regulated by legislation," concluded Singh.


Contact: IFP Spokesperson on SCOPA, Mr Narend Singh, MP, 083 788 5954


IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252