Vodacom has instituted legal action against the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) for not following a fair and objective process to determine the final termination rates in its Call Termination Regulations 2014.
The company filed legal papers at the Johannesburg High Court, highlighting that procedural issues are behind the legal action.
“The issue at hand is not whether these rates come down; it’s about ensuring that the legislated fair and objective process is used to determine the final rates,” Vodacom said.
“Icasa has not followed this process and as a result our customers will be unfairly prejudiced.”
Vodacom said that it would have far preferred to have settled this in direct discussion with the regulator, but given the inadequate consultation, they have been left with no choice but to approach the courts.
Vodacom made it clear that they support lower mobile termination rates, and proposed an interim termination rate cut while the process is being finalised.
“We stand by our previous proposal to the regulator that an interim cut be implemented immediately,” the company said.
“This will ensure that rates continue to come down and at the same time provide breathing room to follow the correct, legislated process to determine the final rates.”