ICASA adjudicating in interconnect dispute between Telkom and MTN

9 Sep 2010

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will this week intervene in an ongoing interconnect dispute between fixed line incumbent Telkom South Africa and mobile operator MTN South Africa, Bloomberg reports. The two telcos have failed to reach an agreement regarding interconnect pricing and are reportedly locked in a dispute over a ZAR0.4 difference in interconnection fees – with Telkom demanding ZAR0.93 for any MTN call it carries on its network, whilst MTN is supposedly only prepared to pay ZAR0.89.

Robert Madzonga, chief corporate services officer at MTN South Africa commented: ‘MTN can confirm that the ICASA Complaints and Compliance Committee will hear a dispute between Telkom South Africa and MTN. This process forms part of the first stages to reaching a resolution to the dispute, which MTN is hopeful both parties will achieve. At this stage, MTN cannot comment further, as we await the outcome of the hearing.’ A Telkom spokesman added: ‘Currently, the parties have agreed to continue to operate under an interim interconnection agreement, until the regulator brings clarity on the principles required to finalise the agreement’.

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