Cell C wants rate cut: report

By Drum Digital
19 April 2013

Cell C chief executive Alan Knott-Craig has warned of legal action if the telecoms regulator does not cut mobile termination rates by the end of the year, according to a report on Friday.

"I will use everything in my power to get Icasa [Independent Communications Authority of SA] to do its job," Knott-Craig told Business Day newspaper.

"We have to protect our company and the industry. It is also in the interest of consumers."

Mobile termination rates are the fees that mobile operators pay to carry each other's calls on their networks. Last month, the rates were cut from 56 cents to 40 cents.

High termination rates are seen as a barrier to small and new entrants in the industry.

Knott-Craig -- the former Vodacom CEO -- wants the rates to be cut by another 10 cents.

Icasa spokesman Paseke Maleka told Business Day a review of the call termination market was already underway and would hopefully be finalised in this financial year.


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