New termination rates to take effect in South Africa next month

27 Sep 2018

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has confirmed that it has completed the review of its ‘2014 Call Termination Regulations’ and will publish its final ‘2018 Call Termination Regulations’ in the government gazette tomorrow (28 September 2018).

Operators with a more than a 20% share of total minutes terminated in the wholesale voice market will see fixed termination rates (FTRs) drop to ZAR0.09 (USD0.006) from October 2018; ZAR0.07 from October 2019; and ZAR0.06 from October 2020. Mobile termination rates (MTRs) for operators with a greater than 20% share, meanwhile, will drop to ZAR0.12 from October 2018; ZAR0.10 from October 2019; and ZAR0.09 from October 2020.

For operators with 20% or less share of total minutes terminated in the wholesale voice market, FTRs will drop to ZAR0.10 from October 2018; ZAR0.08 from October 2019; and ZAR0.06 from October 2020. MTRs, meanwhile, will be set at ZAR0.18 from October 2018; ZAR0.16 from October 2019; and ZAR0.13 from October 2020.