South Africa: ICASA probes MTN and Cell C roaming tie up
22 November 2019
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) said it will investigate the new expanded roaming agreement between MTN and Cell C. The industry regulator confirmed that it has been informed of the roaming agreement by the parties. The new deal builds on an existing roaming deal dating from 2018, which provided 3G and 4G services to Cell C customers outside of main metro areas.
Cell C said the new roaming agreement adheres to all applicable legal and regulatory requirements, adding that Cell C and MTN will maintain their spectrum and each party will use its own frequencies. ICASA CEO Willington Ngwepe said the question of whether any agreement that pertains to a regulated service or use of a licensed resource (such as spectrum) requires approval or triggers regulatory compliance requirements is one which the authority can never leave to the parties alone to determine.