Icasa delays new data rules pending Cell C court challenge

The Independent Communications Authority (Icasa) said on Thursday it has delayed the implementation of new data regulations, pending a court challenge by Cell C.

Cell C on Wednesday launched an urgent application in the South Gauteng High Court, seeking a six-month extension to the June 8 compliance date.

Icasa rejected the request, prompting the legal challenge by the mobile phone firm.

The implementation of recent amendments to the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations were announced by Icasa in April.

Icasa said it is defending the application and the court has given it 10 days to prepare its responding affidavit.

“It is Icasa’s view that granting such an extension would not be in the public interest. Hence, the decision to refuse the extension,” the regulator said in a statement.

Icasa said it would postpone the commencement date until the court makes a ruling on the matter.

The organisation's spokesperson Paseka Maleka said the implementation date has been delayed until the court makes a pronouncement on the matter.

"This means there will be a delay of about three to four weeks," he said.

Maleka emphasised that postponement does not mean victory for Cell C.

The new regulations are expected to save consumers money and drastically change the way mobile phone companies do business.

Under the regulations, companies are required to implement a raft of amendments for voice and data communications.

They would be required to notify subscribers when their data falls below 50%, 80% and 100% depletion levels, to roll over unused data, allow transfer of data and prohibit service providers to charge out of bundle charges without customer consent.

Expired data has long been a major headache for users. 


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