Minister of Communications Siphiwe Nyanda has hit out at South Africa's high telephony costs, which he says restrict access to information and services by all the people of the country – and has promised to work on bringing them down.
"In 2008 the department commissioned an independent benchmark study to look at cost, quality, access and usage with comparative countries, namely: Malaysia, India, Chile, Brazil and South Korea. The study confirmed that our telecommunication prices are still high compared with those countries.
"The department will be developing a programme of action aimed at the improvement in cost, quality, availability and usage of ICTs.
"In addition, I will be appointing an independent panel of experts, whose recommendations will assist me to design appropriate interventions to address the cost to communicate effectively. We will also continue to develop policies which will contribute to, among other things, reducing the cost to communicate."