MTN has joined Vodacom and Cell C in announcing that it will cut its interconnect rates on 1 March,. This means all the networks will bring the cost down from R1,25 to 89 cents, in line with an initial agreement between the three which was rejected by ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of SA).
"MTN has finalised separate amended interconnection agreements with Vodacom and Cell C regarding the implementation of the Mobile Termination Rate (MTR) decrease from the current R1.25 to 89c per minute. The agreements will be lodged with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) pending the secured signatures. This voluntary industry reduction will be implemented on 1 March 2010,” says Robert Madzonga, acting chief corporate services officer at MTN South Africa.
Last week, parliament stood by ICASA's decision not to support the initial proposal, which called for tiered reductions over three years.
The authority has commissioned its own study of the issue, results of which are due at the end of March.