SA’S DEPT OF COMMS WANTS ‘ILLEGAL’ TELECOMS EQUIPMENT

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The Department of Communications (DOC) has issued a tender for the installation of least-cost routing (LCR) equipment on its telephone system. Yet Telkom, majority owned by the government, has long held that least-cost routing is an illegal circumvention of its network and is undertaking legal action to put the practice to an end.

LCR is common practice in SA, with companies ranging from banks to mining houses using it. In its simplest form the equipment consists of what amounts to a cellular phone plugged into a company PABX. The PABX is programmed to split calls, with calls to Telkom numbers routed through a Telkom line and calls to cellphones routed through the cellphone module.

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