Tariffic’s research comes after Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services last week held a two-day hearing on South Africa’s mobile data costs.

The hearing was sparked off by the #DataMustFall hashtag, which has gone viral on Twitter this month as social media users call for networks to slash local data prices.

The hashtag was driven by radio personality Thabo “Tbo Touch” Molefe who said that South Africa’s data prices are “daylight robbery” and that data must fall. Stakeholders ranging from government, mobile networks, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the public gave their input at the hearings.

And Parliament could take the matter further by launching a debate on the topic in the national assembly, according to the telecommunications and postal services chair.

Tariffic’s CEO, Antony Seeff, said he agrees with Molefe that South Africa’s data prices are “daylight robbery” and that data must fall.

“We have seen that data prices in South Africa are still more expensive than five of the other comparable countries in our study, and we implore mobile network operators, Icasa, and even government to do whatever they can to ensure that data prices do fall,” Seef said.

“It’s challenging for citizens, because we prefer buying data or airtime, for that matter, instead of buying bread,” she said, adding that communication should be cheaper, as the poor were most affected, and that telecommunications companies were making large profits.

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