South Africa: Court orders Icasa not to implement new data rules

15 June 2018

Telecoms

The high court in Johannesburg on Thursday ordered communications regulator Icasa not to implement new consumer protection regulations dealing with data expiry and rollover until judgment is handed down in the matter.

The court has ordered that Icasa must, within 10 days, file a responding affidavit in an urgent application brought by mobile operator Cell C, which will then have a further five days to reply.

Icasa said earlier on Thursday, before the court ruled on the matter, that it still expects South Africa’s mobile operators to comply by the original deadline of Friday, June 8 for implementation of the new regulations. However, it said it will not penalise them for non-compliance — for now.

“Icasa has decided that it will defend the application by Cell C and, to this end, has resolved to postpone the effective date until the matter has been heard and pronounced upon by the court,” it said. Read the full article on MoneyWeb here.