The Competition Commission will conduct a market inquiry into data services in South Africa which will include all the relevant players who contribute to or influence prices of data services in South Africa.
The commission says that the purpose of a market inquiry is to examine the features or a combination of features in data services markets which may prevent, distort or restrict competition and/or achieve the purposes of the Competition Act, No. 89 of 1998.
The terms of reference, published on Friday, explain that the Minister of Trade and Industry wants the Commission to conduct a market inquiry into the state of competition in the provision of data services in South Africa.
It says that the minister is concerned that data costs in South Africa are high and that data affordability is affecting consumers.
The inquiry is expected to commence on 18 September 2017 and is likely to be completed by 31 August 2018.