Published on 10 March 2014
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is perturbed by the current stand-off between regulatory body ICASA and mobile operators MTN over the latter’s application in the South Gauteng High Court to have ICASA’s Call Termination Regulations 2014 as published under the GN 65 in the Government Gazette 37295 of 4 February 2014 reviewed and set aside.To add salt to injury, MTN went ahead to sue ICASA for its decision to effect cuts to mobile termination rates and has now been joined by Vodacom in their lawsuit.
From the standpoint of the organized working class, CWU supports these latest regulations by ICASA as they stand to benefit the people of South Africa who are currently reeling from the high cost of communications. Our country has by comparison the highest cost of mobile phone rates on the African continent and ranks among the highest in the world. It is also disturbing to note that mobile termination rates in this country have been determined by commercial agreement whereby affordability and access by the public who are users has never been a consideration by both MTN and Vodacom.