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MTN slashes out-of-bundle data rates

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MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa.
MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa.

MTN has slashed its out-of-bundle (OOB) data rate by up to 75% for prepaid customers.

The operator also announced it will be doubling selected prepaid voice and data bundles for the next two months.

It says prepaid customers currently not making use of data bundles will pay 29c per megabyte for their data usage, while customers that do purchase data bundles will pay 49c per megabyte for their OOB data usage.

"We have consistently been reducing the cost to communicate in recent years, but we want to do more for our customers and by tackling the issue of OOB pricing, we know we are addressing a real pain point for the millions of South Africans that support MTN," says MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa.

Motsa adds the imminent release of much-needed spectrum was an important milestone in South Africa's telecommunications history and is reason for optimism.

"We are greatly encouraged by the steps being taken by both government and our regulator, to progress the release of spectrum. More spectrum will be an important contributor to helping further drive down the cost to communicate and by slashing our OOB pricing, MTN is showing our commitment to our customers and to the future of this industry," Motsa says.

New regulations that will put an end to automatic OOB billing will come into effect this year, something that is seen as great news for South African consumers.

The End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Amendment Regulations will be implemented from 28 February.

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