Vodacom gets its voice back, warns on interconnect cuts
SA’s cellphone operators have been acting like rabbits in the headlights during discussions on interconnect rates, but at least one has finally worked up the guts to fight back. Vodacom yesterday told Parliament’s committee on communications to watch out for unintended consequences in the rush to halve the rates operators charge each other to terminate phone calls. It’s not a moment too soon. On Tuesday communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda published an official directive on the matter, and on the weekend we learnt that he wants cuts implemented in November, even though that is logistically impossible. Vodacom pointed out that marginal users, who make few calls and are in themselves worthless to operators, are effectively subsidised by high interconnect rates. Want to see those (typically poor) users cut off from the networks? We didn’t think so.
Reader notice: Our comments service provider, Civil Comments, has stopped operating and will terminate services on 20th Dec 2017. As a result, we will be searching for another platform for our readers. We aim to have this done with the launch of our new site in early 2018 and apologise for the inconvenience.