State of the Prepaid Market-Cost of communication submission to South Africa Parliament: 2016 by Admin on 19 September 2016

While the effective prices of data in South Africa may be well below the advertised price of the 1GB measure used internationally, users, especially those in lower income category, are spending significant portions of their income, around 20%, on relatively small amounts of data (1GB). This is because data prices still remain relatively high, but also because people are using a wider range of services more extensively. This now requires operators to build out next generation networks and increase their international and local capacity to meet demand and attempt to
retain the quality of their networks.

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ITID Special Issue: CPRsouth by Admin on 16 September 2016

Information Technologies & International Developmentʉ۬Publishes CPRsouth Special Issue.
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly pervasive across the globe and are recognized as critical tools for modern economic development. Yet, beyond the recognition of the positive impact of ICTs on economic growth, there is a need to assess how governments and enterprises, particularly in developing countries, can effectively use ICTs to meet broader socioeconomic objectives and particular poverty-reduction strategies.

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South Africa: Top operators for personalised products by Chenai Chair on 16 September 2016

 Although some operators called for regulation of OTTs in the South African mobile market at Parliamentary hearings held earlier this year, their innovative new pricing strategies suggest responsiveness to this fast-changing environment. South African operators, in line with operators in other markets, have responded to these disruptions by introducing new products such as bundled data, voice and SMS, or service-specific promotions. Are these new products easier on the pockets of consumers and are they transparent enough for consumers?

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Rise of the living dead-SA's mobile operators wake up as 2020 draws closer by Safia Khan on 16 September 2016

The mobile telecommunications landscape in South Africa is possibly one of the most dynamic in Africa. The financial year 2015/16 has seen a multitude of strategic responses from operators to factors changing demand.

In response to the latest financial statements released by SA’s listed mobile operators, this policy brief looks at the mobile environment and analyses the competitive tactics of each operator according to a set of performance criteria to determine their direction. 

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Innovatively aligning ICT public policy with means-GTAC South Africa by Professor Gillwald on 16 September 2016

Professor Gillwald presented on Innovatively aligning ICT public policy with means at the Public Economics Winter School. 
This was the first event of the Public Economics and Policy Analysis Capacity Building Initiative managed by GTAC on behalf of the National Treasury department of South Africa. The school ran from the 11th -15th of July 2016.
View presentation here.

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