MTN “vindicated” by mobile termination rate ruling

MTN is pleased with the South Gauteng High Court’s decision to grant a final judicial review order on the Call Termination Regulation 2014 as published by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), the operator said in a statement on Monday, 31 March 2014.

The court ruled that Icasa’s new regulations were unlawful and invalid, but suspended the declaration of invalidity for 6 months.

For these six months, the rate cuts originally prescribed in the regulations will be implemented.

This means that mobile network operators must now charge one another less (20c per minute) to connect calls to each other’s network, with the exception of Cell C and Telkom Mobile.

The smaller network operators such as Cell C and Telkom Mobile may charge the larger players such as Vodacom and MTN up to 44c/minute to terminate calls on their networks.

MTN said it has been vindicated in its decision to take the matter of the 2014 call termination regulations on urgent review and request a final order.

“MTN now awaits a copy of the written judgment whereafter it will consider its options going forward,” said Zunaid Bulbulia, chief executive officer of MTN SA.

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MTN “vindicated” by mobile termination rate ruling