Cellphone users to enjoy first cost cuts next month

CELLPHONE users should see the first cost cuts by the end of November, the Communications Department said yesterday.

CELLPHONE users should see the first cost cuts by the end of November, the Communications Department said yesterday.

Spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso confirmed various media reports that the department wanted to see interconnection rates - which cellphone operators pay each other for switching a call between networks - to drop by 30 cents from R1,25 to 95 cents by the end of November.

"The discussions (with operators) has been taking place for quite a while and there hasn't been any movement," Rikhotso said.

"Hence we as a department would like to see this issue resolved as soon as possible."

Over the next year the department would like to see the interconnection fee cut to 60 cents.

Rikhotso said the department would ask the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to issue a directive to operators on how much and when to cut costs. - Sapa

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