Mobile call termination regulations changed again

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published fresh amendments to its call termination regulations on Wednesday, 27 March 2014 in Government Gazette No. 37471.

These new regulations make Icasa’s recent statements in the High Court official, as it removes mention of the mobile termination rate price cuts for 2015, 2016, and 2017.

This means that as the regulations stand now, termination rates for mobile calls are to drop to R0.20 per minute on 1 April 2014, with maximum asymmetry still set at R0.44.

Termination rates are the fees mobile operators pay to each other to connect calls to one another’s networks.

The regulation on “asymmetry” lets smaller mobile operators, namely Cell C and Telkom Mobile, charge Vodacom and MTN more for connecting calls to their networks.

In court, Icasa’s lawyers said that the regulator would revisit the price cuts stipulated for 2015 onwards.

However, the 2014 price cuts to 20c/minute and maximum asymmetry of 44c/minute must be allowed to proceed, Icasa argued.

More on the call termination regulations, 2014

Vodacom, MTN preventing drastic price cuts: Cell C

MTN, Vodacom’s dark secret

Icasa termination rates a “half-baked experiment”

Call termination court battle – what to expect

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