Icasa will investigate WhatsApp and Facebook in South Africa

Icasa plans to launch an inquiry “in the next financial year” into the impact of over-the-top (OTT) services like WhatsApp, Skype, and Facebook on the data services market.

According to SANews, the authority made the statement during Parliamentary hearings into OTT players and their effect on the telecommunications market in South Africa.

Icasa COO Willington Ngwepe said they would “let the market evolve and continue to monitor the impact of OTTs and, if necessary at a later stage, an intervention could be made”.

“Our plan is that in the next financial year, we will be conducting an inquiry into priority markets,” he said.

Vodacom and MTN have been vocal about the need for OTT players to face regulation in South Africa, with MTN chief executive Mteto Nyati calling on Icasa to investigate OTTs in October 2015.

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