The rates for MTN prepaid data are falling, with new multi-day offers introduced by the company as the fight for internet services domination by local mobile network providers grows.
As of Thursday, MTN prepaid customers will pay R299 for 30GB for monthly data, down from R349. The 21GB weekly data package goes down from R249 to R199 when purchasing MTN EverydayGigs.
Mobile phone companies have been cutting data prices since the 2019 Competition Commission's Data Services Market Inquiry, which found that data prices in the country were excessive. MTN itself has announced several data price drops over the last three years.
The inquiry report found that a duopoly of the two leading mobile operators, MTN and Vodacom, allowed them to charge excessive prices for data. They were compelled to independently reach an agreement with the commission or face prosecution by the Competition Tribunal.
MTN's new data tariff cuts also include the introduction of a new EverydayGig three-day offer of 1.5GB for R39, a seven-day offer of 3.5GB for R55 and a monthly offer of 15GB for R179.
Mapula Bodibe, Chief Consumer Officer at MTN South Africa, said flexible data solutions were important as customers' lifestyles changed. Covid-19 has seen an increased demand for data due to shifts in school and work patterns.
As a result, data service has been the key contributor to the earnings of mobile phone companies since the onset of the pandemic.