Cell C applies for urgent interdict against ICASA over new data rules

Cell C said it has been forced to apply for an urgent interdict against ICASA, following the publication of its amended End-User and Subscriber Services Charter Regulations.

The recently-published amendments – which include forcing networks to let users roll over unused mobile data, transfer data to other subscribers, and not charge OOB rates by default – came with a one-month window in which they had to be implemented.

Telkom and Cell C requested that ICASA extend its deadline to implement the new regulations. MTN also stated an extension was needed.

“Prior to publication, Cell C advised the regulator that while it was fully committed to complying with the regulations, it was impossible to meet the proposed timeline,” said a Cell C spokesperson.

“Despite this, ICASA issued the regulations with the one-month timeframe still included.”

It stated that ICASA was asked multiple times before the publication of the amendments to allow for an

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