Icasa meets pay phone players

2005-01-11 17:19

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that it will on Thursday and Friday hold public hearings on the proposed public pay telephone service regulations published on December 2.

The hearings, to be held at the regulator's offices in Sandton, are open to any member of the public and will also see a plethora of stakeholders making presentations over the two-day period.

Players that will make submissions at the hearings include Allied Technology's Autopage Cellular, the MTN Group and Saudi-backed Cell C.

The fixed-line monopoly Telkom, M-Web, SAICOM, COPASA, CBS Telecoms as well as T-Systems will also make presentations.

These hearings are part of a series in Icasa's road map - which started with a colloquium in October - ahead of the telecommunications sector liberalisation which will come into full force on February 1, as announced by Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri in September.

At the beginning of its road map process, the regulator noted that the ministerial determinations proposed far-reaching changes which would result in "widespread competition" and allow a number of telecommunications firms to compete with Telkom, among other players. As part of the overhaul, Matsepe-Casaburri also announced that all public schools be entitled to a 50% Internet discount - this is set to be implemented on January 18.