ICASA is calling for comments on its new draft Call Termination Rates.
The draft was published on 16 August 2018, and the deadline for submission of written comments is 7 September 2018.
“The effective date of the regulations, once finalised, will be 1 October 2018,” said ICASA.
“Since 2010, the termination rates have been reduced by approximately 90% and this has contributed to the significant decline in retail rates over the years,” it added.
The draft regulations propose a number of amendments, as detailed below.
- A glide path period where a charge for terminating a call on mobile and fixed location would be 12c and 8c respectively, from October 2018 to September 2019; 10c and 5c for the period October 2019 to September 2020; and 9c and 3c from October 2020 onwards.
- Asymmetry for small players and new entrants for the duration of the three-year glide path. The asymmetry for mobile services is proposed to be at 5c from October 2018 to September 2020 and 4c from October 2020 onwards. Asymmetry for fixed services is proposed to be 1c from October 2018 to September 2020, and fall away completely from October 2020 onwards.