The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) this week pledged its commitment to facilitate improved end-user quality of service and lower retail prices in the provision of Internet services.
As from Wednesday 11 October 2011 to 13 October 2011, SA’s communications sector regulator regulator ICASA will hold public hearings on Local Loop Unbundling, a regulatory initiative that is a result of the publication of ICASA’s initial views on the implementation of the Ministerial Policy Direction to implement Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) issued in 2007.
The three-day event will be held at the ICASA Corporate Head Office in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) is the regulatory process of allowing multiple telecommunications operators to use connections from the telephone exchange to the customer’s premises.
“The first two days of the hearings are for those interested parties who expressed an interest in participating in the public hearings to share their views with Icasa. The third day of the hearings is scheduled as a ‘right of reply’ session where every participating interested party is afforded an opportunity to respond to issues raised during the first two days of hearings,” said Paseka Maleka, Icasa spokesperson.
The country’s leading communications companies such as Cell C, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom have confirmed attendance.