New draft call regulations from Icasa

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has given notice of the publication of its new draft call termination regulations, it said in a press statement issued on Friday, 4 October 2013. 

According to the regulator, these outline a glide path for the next three years to reduce the cost to telecommunications operators of terminating a call on another network.

Icasa has proposed the following tariffs for calls that terminate on a mobile network:

  • Current: R0.40
  • 1 March 2014: R0.20
  • 1 March 2015: R0.15
  • 1 March 2016: R0.10

Fixed line termination over the whole period will be R0.19 between ON and R0.12 within ON, with no distinction between peak and off-peak times.

Icasa has also laid out a 6-year glide path for asymmetric termination rates for “qualifying licensees”.

Licensees may qualify for this asymmetric rate if they have a market share of less than 20% of total minutes terminated to a mobile location,” Icasa said. “In effect, Cell C and Telkom Mobile qualify to charge these asymmetric rates.

The proposed termination rates for these qualifying licensees are as follows:

  • Current: R0.44
  • 1 March 2014: R0.39
  • 1 March 2015: R0.33
  • 1 March 2016: R0.26
  • 1 March 2017: R0.20
  • 1 March 2018: R0.14
  • 1 March 2019: R0.10

The Authority finds no need to change the current asymmetric termination rates for fixed termination, meaning that asymmetric termination to a fixed location remains at 10%,” Icasa said.

Stakeholders will have 14 working days following the publication of the Government Gazette to submit written comments on the draft regulations, Icasa said.

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