The poor paying more for data

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s poorest end up paying more for data.

That's according to community advocacy organisation

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The organisation spoke at the competition commission’s data service market inquiry on Wednesday.

The inquiry is trying to establish if the country's data supply and quality meet both the country’s developmental needs and international standards.

Research shows that lower income consumers are paying up to 11 times more, yet most rural areas receive poor network quality.

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At the same time, many essential services are increasingly available online.

Many people end up being excluded, because they can’t afford the high data costs.

The inquiry continues on Thursday and Vodacom and MTN bosses are expected to testify.