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South African Mobile Giants Face New Assault Over Data Costs (2)

Dec. 2, 2019, 1:30 PMUpdated: Dec. 2, 2019, 3:54 PM

South Africa’s two biggest mobile-phone companies have come under renewed pressure to lower data prices or face prosecution by the country’s antitrust regulator.

Vodacom Group Ltd. and MTN Group Ltd. have the potential to reduce tariffs by a further 30% to 50% even after recent cuts, Tembinkosi Bonakele, the head of the country’s Competition Commission, said in Pretoria on Monday. Changes should be “substantial and immediate,” he said following the publication of a report on the industry.

“We will not continue debating,” said Bonakele, who was flanked by Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. “The industry must come on board,...

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