A proposed agreement by mobile operators to reduce interconnection rates is ‘legally indefensible’ and ‘wrong in law’. This is according to the chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on communications, Ismail Vadi.
Ismail Vadi says that the practical effect of the agreement will be to tie the hands of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and prevent it from discharging its lawful responsibilities.
"At best it represents an attempt by operators to pre-determine interconnection rates for a prolonged period, which is both unreasonable and legally indefensible," says Vadi.
The operators proposed a reduction in peak-time rates from R1.25 to 89ce a minute in March 2010, 85c a minute in October 2011 and 80c a minute in October 2012.
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