Vodacom calls for speedy resolution of interconnection debate

Pieter Uys, Vodacom CEO
South African mobile operator, Vodacom is confident that ongoing debate will not derail the process of reducing interconnection rates between networks.

The company pledged its commitment to the success of the process and said it will work with authorities to that effect.

“Vodacom is committed to the reduction of the interconnection rates as announced by the Minister of Communications, Siphiwe Nyanda, in November last year. We do not believe that the debate around glide paths, or the formal regulatory process should delay the reduction in interconnection rates”, said the company.

Vodacom added: “We support the initial reductions next month, and will work with ICASA to achieve this. We also fully support the ongoing regulatory process and trust that ICASA will swiftly finalize the regulations in this regard.”

Recently, the three players in the sector, Vodacom, MTN and Cell C, agreed to reduce their interconnection rates. This followed an outcry that these rates were among the highest in the region.

by Tintswalo Baloyi