When Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C must block OOB data

Mobile network operators which do not offer the ability to opt into out-of-bundle data billing will soon have to implement new systems.

This comes as ICASA is set to publish new End-User and Subscriber Service Charter regulations in the government gazette this month.

Operators will then have a month from the date of publication to ensure they comply with the regulations, said ICASA.

ICASA said the new regulations will compel all networks to block out-of-bundle billing by default.

Operators may then offer subscribers the ability to opt in for out-of-bundle tariffs.

New regulations

ICASA published its  draft End-User and Subscriber Service Charter regulations for comment in 2017, and conducted public hearings on them at the beginning of March 2018.

Stakeholders expressed their opinions on the regulations, with Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and Telkom disagreeing with ICASA’s proposal to regulate their out-of-bundle business rules.

Telkom argued ICASA should not prescribe that out-of-bundle billing

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