The Competition Commission has launched a market inquiry into data services, a move that could result in a big shake-up in the way mobile operators charge for and structure their data plans, says a TechCentral report. The inquiry comes as pressure mounts on operators over high out-of-bundle data charges and aggressive expiry of data bundles.

Icasa has revealed draft regulations meant to address data expiry. On Friday, the Competition Commission published the terms of reference for its inquiry in the Government Gazette. The commission will call for submissions after 20 business days, it said. Through the inquiry, the commission aims to determine what may cause or lead to high data prices with a view to ultimately making recommendations that will result in lower prices for data services. It said in initiated the inquiry in response to a request from Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.

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