MTN to cut mobile data prices by 50% this April
1GB 30-day MTN mobile data will be reduced from R149 to R99, a 33% decrease.
On Friday, MTN announced its plans to cut data prices in South Africa by up too 50%. Considering how expensive data is in the country, this is welcomed news. Seeing as the entire country is about to go on a nation-wide lockdown, it’s even more welcome. However, the price reduction will only be effective from 15 April, two days before the end of lockdown. But hey, either way it’s still welcomed news, even though the timing is a tad off.
According to MTN, the company plans on reducing the price on its 30-day 1GB bundle from R149 to R99; a 33.6% cut. The price cut is a good start between restoring data price balance in South Africa.
“The R99 is the maximum we are going to charge per gig, that’s our ceiling,” MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa said. “But there will still be some prices lower than that. We have made significant double-digit reductions in our bundles that range from R10 to R149.”
“This will only happen from 15 April. The problem is that the logistics are a bit of a challenge now with people working from home so we’re still trying to make sure that we get everything 100%.”
The company has said that it will also give customers free ‘lifeline data’ of 20GN a day through its instant messaging platform Ayoba- a platform with more than 500 000 users.
Don’t think that MTN is just being benevolent. A two-year investigation into data cost concluded with MTN and Vodacom having to reduce data costs by between 30% and 50%.
Whatever the reason, enjoy MTN’s reduced mobile data price that’s coming into effect 15 April.