Phone sex services to get new number range in South Africa

A draft of the new Code of Conduct for Premium Rated Services has established a new telephone dialling code specifically for adult content.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) published the draft for public comment in the Government Gazette on 17 December 2015.

Premium Rated Services that consist of adult content are to be provided on the 092 national destination code.

It said that it set aside the new dialling code to promote transparency in premium-rated services, one of the main goals of the new code of conduct.

Icasa said that it wants the transition to new numbers to be a smooth one for premium-rated services, and encouraged providers of such services to submit migration plans when the regulations kick in.

It also made provision for a dual-provision period, albeit it some effort to service providers.

“A licensee that is providing premium rated services on other numbering ranges, must report on a bi-monthly basis on progress of the migration (i.e.new activations on new numbering ranges and services still utilising old ranges), Icasa said.

“A dual provision of the premium rated service on both the previously assigned number and the new number must occur for a period not lasting more than 6 months from the date these Regulations come into force.”

Those interested in commenting on the draft have until 16:30 on 12 February 2016 to send their submissions to Icasa.

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