SA’S TELKOM LOSES LEAST COST CALL ROUTING CASE

Telecoms

The Pretoria High Court struck a blow for the bottom line of thousands of businesses last week, ruling that they can continue using a system that saves them millions of rands by diverting telephone calls off Telkom’s lines onto cellular networks.

Corporate SA will heave a sigh of relief at the long-awaited verdict, which means that the estimated 90% of large companies that use the system no longer face the threat of legal action or disconnection by Telkom. It also means they can continue slashing their phone bills by up to 40% using the technology known as least-cost routing.

First National Bank said yesterday the system had proved a boon to the bottom line since it was installed more than four years ago. Head of technology Yatin Nasai said it had cut the bank’s bills in the hubs and call centres where it was installed by as much as R200000 a month.

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