VAAL TRIANGLE - Vodacom customers are set to pay at least 30% less for their data bundles after the mobile operator agreed to cut its prices and provide free internet access to the poor. The cut in prices was demanded by the Competition Commission in December last year. According to Fin24, Vodacom CEO, Shameel Joosub, says the agreement causes the company to sacrifice R2.7 billion per year. The agreement will come into effect on 1 April, when consumers will only pay R99 for 1GB of data, a 34% decrease from the current price of R149. Vodacom will also zero-rate a number of websites, including university portals, Wikipedia and certain government e-service portals and departmental websites. This means subscribers won’t have to use their internet bundles to access these websites. Job seekers will also have free access top seven approved job portals. A report by the Data Market Inquiry found that the country performs poorly relative to other countries on data costs, with prices generally on the more expensive end. Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele says they are also in talks with all the other mobile operators.
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