The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced its intention to proceed with the review of the regulatory framework concerning voice call termination to South African numbering destinations. This move comes despite ongoing litigation by Telkom, which sought to delay the process until ICASA’s current findings document had been reviewed.
Call Termination Rate Review Notice: 26 May 2023
Guide on Bottom-Up and Top-Down Shell Models: 2 June 2023
Cost Modelling Phase:
Step 1 (Request for Information & Meetings):
Following an initial workshop on 31 May 2023, ICASA will send an information request to all licensees, seeking details about the structure and population of top-down and bottom-up cost models. Licensees will have 21 working days to respond, and ICASA may arrange one-on-one engagements for further clarity. During this phase, licensees can raise questions, and ICASA will provide responses.
Step 2 (Draft Regulations):
Once the cost modelling exercise is completed, ICASA will publish draft regulations for public comment, allowing a thirty-working-day window for feedback. If needed, public hearings will be held.
Step 3 (Final Regulations):
After reviewing all submissions, ICASA will publish the final amendment regulations to the Call Termination Regulations of 2014 in the gazette.
This update is essential for all players in the telecoms industry, and it’s crucial to stay informed about the upcoming changes in the call termination regulations. Be prepared to participate in the comment period and public hearings to have your voice heard.
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