Regulator to be regulated.
THE fight by cellphone operators against plans by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to reduce call fees is intensifying.
On Wednesday, Vodacom filed court papers to stop the sector regulator from cutting mobile termination rates fees cellphone companies charge each other for calls. MTN filed a similar case less than two weeks ago.
Icasa plans to cut the fees by half to 20c a minute. But MTN and Vodacom would have to pay smaller ... Read more
Oddly though still opposed to LLU, lower IPC prices, lower ADSL line rental, naked ADSL etc etc
Telkom has weighed in on the battle raging in the telecommunications industry over mobile termination rates, the fees operators pay each other to carry calls between their networks. Group CEO Sipho Maseko says recent moves to oppose reduced rates, which will take effect on 1 April, will delay reducing the cost of calls to consumers and are not in the public interest.
MTN has taken communications regulator Icasa to court, accusing it of not following due... Read more
Like grapes at a wine making fair.
Dominant incumbents are typically defensive when any attempt is made to curb their otherwise abusive behaviour, but isnt MTN taking it a bit far? Not content to make ғsuper-normal profits (more than normal profits, or the amount of revenue generated after paying costs, by a monopoly) for nearly 15 years, MTN wants to choke the consumer further by refusing to accept regulatory intervention under law, by sector regulator Icasa.
As Research ICT Afric... Read more
Cellular catfights actually more entertaining than originally thought.
MOBILE network operator Cell Cs acting CEO, Jose dos Santos, on Thursday said rival MTNҒs court action to stop the communications regulator from implementing new rates was an attempt to avoid losing customers.
Mr Dos Santos pointed out that in its founding affidavit filed on Wednesday, MTN had said it believed the new pricing structure would be irreversible once implemented, and would change the structure of the market. "It means they will lose cu... Read more
Lawyers already buying bigger wallets.
Communications regulator Icasa expects Vodacom to join MTN in demanding it does away with new wholesale inter-network pricing regulations, MPs heard on Tuesday.
Vodacom last week indicated it would institute a legal challenge, but has not yet served any papers on Icasa.
Briefing parliaments communications portfolio committee, Icasa councillor Nomvuyiso Batyi confirmed the receipt of a letter from MTN.
It asked for the immediate removal of recently... Read more