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SOUTH AFRICA GETS VOIP NUMBERS AND INTERCONNECT

Speaking at the AfrISPA Forum in Kenya, Mark Elkins, Managing Director of South African ISP Posix Systems described the progress being made on key VoIP issues. He said that the South African regulator was now issuing 087 numbers:”There were no forms so we made one up for them and now we’ve got our numbers.” They are non-geographical numbers and were formerly used as premium line numbers, many of which were used for phone porn. Elkins and others voiced suspicions that these numbers were allocated because these associations would help protect the incumbent’s existing business.

But commitments have been made by Telkom on interconnection. As Elkins told the AfrISPA AGM:”As dominant market player, Telkom cannot refuse interconnection. It has said that it will give SIP access and no SS7 will be required.”

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