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State of the Prepaid Market-Cost of communication submission to South Africa Parliament: 2016

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

State of the Prepaid Market-Cost of communication submission to South Africa Parliament: 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 [...]

Innovatively aligning ICT public policy with means-GTAC South Africa

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: Home|

Innovatively aligning ICT public policy with means-GTAC South Africa 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 [...]

Reinventing public interest in policy & regulation in the digital Age-ZICTA public seminar

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: Home|

Reinventing public interest in policy & regulation in the digital Age-ZICTA public seminar As part of our capacity building with national regulators, Professor Gillwald recently gave a presentation on "Reinventing public interest in policy & regulation in the digital age" at the Zambian ICT Authority public seminar. View presentation here

South Africa: Top operators for personalised products

By | July 20th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

South Africa: Top operators for personalised products 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 [...]

Rise of the living dead-SA’s mobile operators wake up as 2020 draws closer

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Rise of the living dead-SA's mobile operators wake up as 2020 draws closer 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 [...]

Bundled Value Index Methodology

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Bundled Value Index Methodology Bundled Value Index Methodology:RIA created the BVI as a means to capture the value of combined data, sms and voice packages on offer. Given the complexity as well as increased number of products on the markets, only bundles offering data combined with voice and SMS or, data and voice, or data and [...]

ITID Special Issue: CPRsouth

By | June 24th, 2016|Categories: Measuring Broadband Performance in Africa|

ITID Special Issue: CPRsouth Information Technologies & International Development Publishes 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, [...]

Rise of the underdogs – South Africa’s smaller operators increase contract values

By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Rise of the underdogs - South Africa's smaller operators increase contract values A year on from the mid-contract price increases by Vodacom, MTN and Cell C that disgruntled many consumers, we reflect on the post-paid market in South Africa to see what has transpired. In Q1 2016, the value offered by South Africa’s smaller operators [...]