Cost to communinicate public hearing by DOC

Posted on 04/06/2014 by Admin   |   Filed under Qiniso Mazubane

The Cost to Communicate Public Hearings formed part of the broader programme mandate of the Committee to investigate the impact of high costs-to-communicate to the public. The hearings sought to leverage from the partnership between Parliament, government, industry and the public in order to inform the legislative, policy and regulatory interventions to help bring the costs of communications to affordable levels.

It is widely reported that the cost of communication is still high in South Africa and is mainly due to a lack of competition in the market. And that despite ICASAs regulatory intervention to regulate the Call Termination Rates (CTRs) for both Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs) and Fixedline Termination Rates (FTRs) regime, the cost of communication still remains high while competition r emains fragmented with anti-competitive conditions for new entrants and challenger networks.

During the financial year 2012/2013 the Committee embarked on a two - phased public hearings process that presented the Department of Communications (the Department), as the policy-making body of the sector; regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ICASA.
1        industry players such as Cell-C, Vodacom, Neotel, TelkomSA, 8ta and MTN; and
2      public organisations including Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs), Academia, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and political parties to make presentations and submissions before the Committee regarding the impact of communication costs emanating from the telecommunications market.

    The public hearings process also gave the Committee an opportunity to gather public information that will assist the Committee to bette r perform its oversight role informed by citizens and businesses needs. A total of forty - three (43) oral and written submissions were received by the Committee during hearings in
  • Cape Town, 29 - 30 November, 2012
  • Gauteng Province, 22 - 25 July, 2013;
  • Eastern Cape Province, 29 - 30 July, 2013; and
  • KwaZulu Natal Province, 31 July - 1 August 2013.

    Furthermore, organisations and the general public were invited to make written submissions to the Committee via the Committee Secretary, and were also requested to indicate intent to make oral presentations to the Committee.