The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, (ICASA) SA’s communications sector regulator, unveiled it’s Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) discussion document recently at a media briefing held in Sandton, Johannesburg.
LLU is the process by which licensees will be able to more effectively and efficiently share the existing infrastructure to provide services to all South Africans.
The LLU represents a revenue generation opportunity for all operators – including Telkom. ICASA believes the LLU may generate over R1 billion in new revenue every year.
“Local Loop Unbundling must be put in place by November 2011 with the collaboration of all stakeholders,” says ICASA Councillor Thabo Makhakhe. Makhakhe also highlighted the recent industry developments regarding the LLU process.
“The release of the discussion document is to begin the national debate on any regulatory action on the Local Loop Unbundling,” says Makhakhe.
ICASA firmly believes that increasing the consumer choice is a crucial tool to increase the number of users and effectively increase the size of the business for all licensees providing services.
“All that is needed is more people seeking fixed line connections for broadband services and for them to be provided with the desired service,” says Makhakhe.
The LLU has been a major debate in the South African telecommunication sector. There’s still a low-level fixed line broadband uptake in the country and the LLU goal is to ensure that access to existing infrastructure is achieved in a fair and reasonable manner.
Makhakhe re-affirms that the final LLU regulation will be in place by the set deadline. ICASA is currently looking forward to engaging with the public and other stakeholders.