On Thursday 30 November 2017, South African telecommunications company, MTN, announced two major developments which according to the company addresses the data price problem in South Africa.
The first announcement was the launch of a new prepaid 1GB data bundle priced at R50, which is a R110 saving from the standard price of R160 per GB. This bundle, however, will only be available through the MyMTN app.
The second revelation was the launch of a two-tier model for out-of-bundle pricing, which will offer low-usage subscribers a cheaper rate.
The model, which has been dubbed “Steppa”, will see subscribers who consistently use less than 5MB of out-of-bundle data per month pay a rate of R0.29 per MB. In addition, when you use more than 5MB of data, the rate increases to R0.60 per MB – provided a subscriber has opted in.
To opt in, subscribers must dial the USSD code *130*1#. This is a once-off procedure.
The new rates will become available from 1 December.