Icasa: Minister asks operators to co-operate

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Communications Minister Yunus Carrim has urged cellphone network operators to co-operate with the industry regulator, which has requested additional resources from the minister for a cost analysis study to guide a process to lower the cost to communicate. Carrim said yesterday that he was reasonably satisfied with progress that the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) had made to date on the process. “They requested more resources from us and we agreed in principle to give them appropriate support,” he said after his meeting with Icasa. The regulator discussed the plan to meet the September 30 deadline for the analysis to be completed. Siya Qoza, Carrim’s spokesman, and Paseka Maleka, the spokesman for Icasa, were not available for comment. Carrim said in hearings throughout the country on the information and communications technology Green Paper, the public had complained of high communication costs. The parties also discussed progress on the broadband value chain analysis study and regulatory measures required to implement “SA Connect”, the country’s broadband policy. – Asha Speckman

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