South Africa: ICASA conducts public hearings on Discussion Document on Priority Markets
8 June 2018
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) said it will hold public hearings with regard to the Discussion Document on Priority Markets, published on 16 February. The priority markets study is the second phase of the cost to communicate programme. This will identify markets in the electronic communications sector which will be subject to market reviews and possible regulatory intervention under section 67(4) of the Electronic Communications Act, read with section 4B of the Independent Communications Act of South Africa.
ICASA received eight written submissions on the Discussion Document, of which only two stakeholders indicated their willingness to participate in the oral representations before the Committee of Council. ICASA has, however, invited other stakeholders to participate at the hearings in order to clarify the details set out in their written representations. Due to the public outcry about the high cost of communications and in particular data services, in 2017 ICASA initiated a process to identify markets with a likelihood of ineffective competition, which could be detrimental to consumers in the form of high communication prices and low quality of service, among other things.