ICASA extends validity of current MTRs for twelve months

26 Sep 2017

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has extended the validity of the country’s mobile call termination rates (MTRs) for twelve months (until 30 September 2018) while it performs a cost study to determine the updated tariffs. ICASA said that competition in the relevant markets remains ineffective, with all licensees offering wholesale voice call termination services still holding significant market power (SMP). Thus, the regulator stated that the pro-competitive conditions imposed on the licensees in 2014 remain relevant for the extended period. ICASA will now publish a briefing note by 30 September outlining the consultative approach and timeline to determine the new MTRs.

TeleGeography notes that under the current regime, market leaders Vodacom and MTN charge ZAR0.13 (USD0.0097) for calls from other networks, while the asymmetric rate (in effect for Telkom and Cell C) is set at ZAR0.19.