South Africa’s Independent Communications Authority (Icasa) today announced final Mobile Termination Rates (MTR), after proposing a number of adjustments a couple of weeks ago. MTRs are the rate at which mobile operators charge each other to hand of calls to other networks.
From now until the end of September next year, mobile operators will charge each other 20c per minute. From October next year until the next September 2016, the rate will drop to 16 cents per minute. It will drop once again after that a year later, to 13 cents a minute.
As part of the rates restructure, Asymmetry will also come into the mix, which aims to bring all mobile operators onto the same footing. Smaller operators will be paying less to the bigger ones, while they in turn will be paying more to the smaller players.
For the Asymmetry rates, it will remain unchanged for the next year at 31 cents per minute, shift down to 24 cents per minute the following year, and finally coming to rest at 19 cents per minute at the end of September 2017.
“The publication of the final Regulations is a culmination of a protracted consultative process with the interested parties in order to inform licensees of the Authority’s approach in determining wholesale voice termination rates,” Icasa said in press statement.
Mobile operator Cell C didn’t agree with the initial MTR proposal. “The proposed regulations appears to be an acknowledgment by ICASA that the duopoly that exists in the South African market today is an acceptable state of affairs and will be allowed to continue. In the long term this will be catastrophic to both the wider telecommunications industry and to the South African consumer,” it said at the time.