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Icasa to pressure Sentech

Digital terrestrial television must be “affordable” for consumers and the “significant market power” of broadcasting signal distributor Sentech must be addressed with “pro-competitive remedies”, says the company’s regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Icasa

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Mobile rates could fall further

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has said mobile termination rates, the wholesale fees mobile operators charge each other to carry calls between their networks, may fall further after they were reduced each year for the past three years. Icasa GM for

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Icasa wants 40Mbit/s broadband for R329

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) markets and competition GM, Pieter Grootes, says South Africans should be paying R329/month for a 40Mbit/s fixed-line broadband connection. “This may seem unbelievable, but it exists in the city centre of Johannesburg, in the Maboneng district

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LLU pushed out to 2014

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that it wants to complete local-loop unbundling (LLU) regulations by 4 March next year at the latest. Unbundling the local loop was originally meant to be completed by November 2011. Subsequent deadlines have also

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Icasa to create industry database

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) wants to become the first port of call for anyone looking for information on South Africa’s information and communication technology sector. It hopes that making this information

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High prices killing fixed lines – Icasa

Low download speeds and high costs are turning people away from fixed-line Internet connections, parliament’s communications portfolio committee heard on Thursday. Over the past three years, there had been a “dramatic” increase in the number of households opting to connect through

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Icasa tackles critics over telecoms prices

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has hit back at a recent report by Research ICT Africa, which criticised the authority over higher retail and wholesale mobile call rates, saying the report fails to consider various costs that affect SA operators. “SA’s prices are comparatively high; the authority has no

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Icasa sets date for unbundling hearings

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has set down a provisional date for hearings on local-loop unbundling, the regulatory intervention that will force Telkom to open its “last mile” of copper cables to competitors