SA’s Mobile Termination Rate (MTR) Debate and Africa 2012 Index

South Africa’s mobile termination rate (MTR) reductions of March 2011 and March 2012 have not, contrary to claims made by operators, hurt the industry or led to higher retail prices, lower investments or retrenchments. End-user prices have come down to some extent, but South Africa continues to be among the most expensive countries in Africa for prepaid mobile usage, and South Africa’s MTRs are still far above the cost of an efficient operator.

Read Research ICT Africa’s policy brief on South Africa’s mobile termination rates. It includes also the Africa 2012 Index.