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.
See also the presentation covering wider pricing issues that was presented by Prof Alison Gillwald to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications Public Hearing on the Cost of Communication in South Africa.
Download the presentation.