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Icasa delays call rate cuts

The postponement will allow the regulator time to respond to court challenges by Vodacom & MTN.

FILE: The Icasa offices in Johannesburg. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Friday announced it would delay the introduction of planned call rate cuts by two months.

This will allow it to respond to a court challenge lodged by the country's two largest mobile operators, Vodacom and MTN.

Icasa had planned to slash mobile termination rates by 50 percent at the start of March but has now moved that date to 1 May.

The rates affect the fees companies charge each other for calls between different networks.

The regulator plans to continue bringing down the rates over the next three years.