SA president issues 5G targets; country to cut mobile data prices by 50% by 2024

9 Dec 2020

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed performance agreements with all of his cabinet ministers, detailing the targets they will need to meet over the medium-term. With reference to the mobile sector, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the Minister for Communications and Digital Technologies, has been tasked with issuing a ‘policy direction’ for 5G by December 2021. In addition, the minister must ensure that 5G rollouts are underway by March 2024.

The document also states that Ndabeni-Abrahams must cut the current cost of mobile data by 50% by 2024, with a view to ensuring that South Africa is in the ‘top ten’ African countries in terms of pricing for 1GB of data.

Finally, President Ramaphosa has asked the Minister to guarantee that 80% of the population will have access to some form of internet connectivity by 2024.

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