[29 April 2012] ICASA has published the Code of Conduct for Carrier Pre-Selection Phase 1 in terms of the Carrier Pre-Selection Phase 1 Regulations published on 27 September 2010. The Code of Conduct was signed by the ICASA Chairperson on 18 April 2012 and published in the Government Gazette on 28 April 2012.
Carrier Preselection Phase 1 relates to the ability of subscribers of one service provider to access the services of another service provider on a call by call basis for both fixed and mobile outgoing voice calls. The primary intention behind this regulatory intervention is to allow consumers save costs on calls to local, national and international destinations and to promote competition in the provision of voice services.
The purpose of the Code is to establish a framework that will assist and promote the establishment and management of CPS Phase 1 services as well as to protect and promote the best interests of users of CPS Phase 1 services. It also seeks to ensure compliance with the current legal and regulatory requirements related to CPS Phase 1.
Carrier Preselection Phase 1 Regulations 2010 (as amended)(27 September 2010)
CPS Phase 1 Regulations 2010 Reasons Document (20 August 2010)
Notice of amendment of CPS Phase 1 Regulations 2010 (27 September 2010)
Consumer Guide to Carrier Preselection Phase 1
Note: As at May 2012 CPS largely exists only in theory. This is as a result of incumbent fixed and mobile voice providers setting origination rates for CPS Phase 1 calls at a rate which is too high to sustain a business case for new entrants to offer their customers the advantages of CPS Phase 1. While ICASA has intervened in setting call termination rates it has not undertaken a similar (but more complicated exercise) in respect of the market for call origination.