ICASA has published its intention to conduct an inquiry to determine the priority markets in the electronic communications sector.
The regulator said this is an initiative to address the high cost of communication in South Africa, including the cost of data.
ICASA said it is consulting with other regulators such as the National Consumer Commission and the Competition Commission to find ways to reduce data prices.
The purpose of its inquiry is:
- To identify relevant wholesale and retail markets or market segments in the telecommunications sector that are generally prone to ex ante regulation.
- To determine from these markets and market segments those that ICASA plans to prioritise for market reviews and potential regulation.
ICASA has requested information and opinions from stakeholders on the matter, and a questionnaire will be made available on its website and at its head office.