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Cape Town – Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele said the price of data in South Africa remains “sticky” at some level, which suggests lack of competition among dominant players in the industry. 

In a media statement ahead of his budget vote speech in Parliament on Wednesday, Cwele said his department is mindful that South Africans believe data prices must fall. 

He was citing a report by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) which shows that data traffic has increased by 55%, while data revenue increased from R30bn to R38bn. Although employment in the sector dropped by 4 000 prices have not come down from a certain level, Cwele said. 

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