On May 7, 2018, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published a change in regulations managing how telecommunications companies in the country handle mobile data subscriptions.
ICASA amended regulations require all mobile data service providers in South Africa to:
Offer mobile data rollover to their subscribers; though the regulator did leave it up to the telecoms to choose just how long that period for rollover shall be.
Telecoms to send usage depletion notifications to all customers when they have used up 50%, 80%, and 100% of their mobile data bundle subscription.
Out-of-bundle data shall be an explicit opt-in exercise by the subscribers, the customers will not find themselves automatically taken to the out-of-bundle rates once they have depleted their bundles.
Subscribers to be given the option of sharing their unused mobile data with other subscribers in the network
Telecommunication companies now complying to the new regulations
ICASA has set the deadline for telecoms in South Africa to comply as June 8, 2018. But Cell C filed an urgent application in a high court in Johannesburg against ICASA arguing the court that the deadline be pushed further. As the telecoms needed …read more