ICASA to reduce mobile connection fees

Vodacom and MTN state that reductions will only benefit smaller players


The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced its intention to cut mobile connection fees by March 2017.

ICASA aims to reduce the rates gradually from 20 South African cents a minute to 8 South African cents per minute, according to Reuters.

The industry has until September 19 to comment on the new tariffs, after which ICASA will release the final regulations.

Vodacom and MTN stated that this reduction will only benefit smaller players such as Cell C and Telkom's mobile unit, 8ta. The two of the major mobile networks challenged its proposed reductions in court, as Reuters reported. 

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