Botswana - Court upholds regulator’s decision on termination rates

1 June 2018

Telecoms

Cellular operators in Botswana will be forced to cut interconnection charges by 41% from next month. The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) had ruled in March 2017 that mobile termination rates (MTRs) should fall from BWP0.295 (USD0.025) to BWP0.220 on 1 June 2017 and then drop further to BWP0.130 from 1 June 2018. The move was challenged in court by the country’s largest cellco by subscribers, Mascom Wireless, which is majority owned by South Africa’s MTN Group.

The Weekend Post writes that a judge has now ruled in favour of BOCRA, saying that Mascom participated in the consultation process ahead of the publication of the regulator’s decision and therefore had opportunities to raise any concerns.

Source All Africa