New call termination cuts announced

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) announced the new regulated rates for call termination on Wednesday, 29 January 2014.

Call termination rates are the charges which one operator charges another operator to terminate a call on its network.

The current termination rate for mobile calls is R0.40 per minute, while fixed calls are charged between R0.19 and R0.12 per minute.

Icasa’s new rates give smaller operators such as Cell C and Telkom Mobile a higher rate. The level of asymmetry in the rates between large and small operators proposed by Icasa caused a big stir last year, with large operators decrying it and small operators applauding it.

The table below summarises the call termination rates that are set to kick in on 1 March every year until 2017:

Year Mobile termination rates Fixed termination rates
Regulated rate Asymmetry Regulated rate Asymmetry
WON BON WON BON
2014 R0.20 R0.44 R0.12 R0.16 R0.13 R0.21
2015 R0.15 R0.42 R0.12 R0.12 R0.13 R0.13
2016 R0.10 R0.40 R0.10 R0.10 R0.13 R0.13
2017 R0.20 R0.13 R0.13

WON: Within Area Code | BON: Between Area Codes

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