CompCom SA backs down pricing complaint against MTN, Vodacom


The Competition Commission South Africa, CompComSA said it will not go ahead with pricing complaints against MTN and Vodacom.

Cell C, a smaller mobile carrier had in 2013 lodged complaints with CompComSA over MTN and Vodacom’s pricing strategies that made it difficult for the company to compete in the South African market.

Confirming the decision, CompComSA said in a statement that “The Commission found that it would be unlikely to succeed in a prosecution of the specific conduct subject to Cell C’s complaint”.

The commission admitted that It said there is a need to look more broadly into the state of competition in the South African telecoms market and would discuss possible regulatory interventions with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, the industry watchdog, to make the market competitive.

MTN and Vodacom are two of South Africa’s largest mobile carriers. While MTN dominates in Nigeria, Vodacom leads the latter in its home turf.

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