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Cheaper call rates delayed for 2 months

Cellphone call costs are set to drop by nearly 50 percent from 1 May.

FILE: Icasa says MTN filed the nearly 400 page application this week and the matter is expected to be heard on 25 February.

JOHANNESBURG - The commencement of new regulations cutting the cost of communication on South Africa's cellphone networks has been delayed for another two months.

Costs are set to drop by nearly 50 percent.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has postponed the start of the regulations from 1 March to 1 May after MTN filed an urgent application for an interim order suspending the bulk of the new provisions.

Icasa says MTN filed the nearly 400 page application this week and the matter is expected to be heard on 25 February.

"We only received the court papers on the 12th, and we are supposed to file an answering affidavit on the 18th and the matter is urgent.

"The main reason therefore is to make sure that we're also able to prepare ourselves to provide proper answering affidavit to the MTN application."