Skype and WhatsApp are putting pressure on telecoms the world over and governments are being forced to consider regulating such over-the-top services.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has said MTN's $5.2-billion fine shows the importance of complying with regulation.
The state's incompetence is hindering connectivity as well as its own developmental goals.
Joseph Lebooa, who was "assaulted" for doing his job, says a leadership gap stops the authority from resolving professional and structural matters.
Despite serious questions about its deal with Icasa, the firm remains hot property
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has been urged to unlock competition in the mobile data markets.
Members of the EFF are marching in protest of Icasa's ruling, which was in favour of the SABC's decision not to flight the party's election advert.
A complaint by the SAPS regarding a DA ad that contains a photo of a police officer shooting rubber bullets has been upheld by Icasa.
Minister Yunus Carrim says mobile operators should co-operate with Icasa in order to drop communicating costs.
A hearing on the DA's ad complaint against the SABC has been adjourned following the broadcaster's request.
The DA says it will take the communications watchdog to a high court to decide on its complaint against the SABC's decision to pull its election ad.
Following the SABC pulling its TV ad, the DA says it is concerned about its election campaign as Icasa has taken over 48 hours to hear its complaint.
Cellphone giants Vodacom and MTN have to implement the communications authority's rates despite a high court ruling them invalid and unlawful.
The cellphone giants are taking the communications authority to court over its plan to cut call interconnect rates between mobile networks.
The battle between Icasa and MTN could knock cellular rates, but may lead to a deterioration in service.
Icasa has announced new call termination regulations will come into effect on April 1.
Icasa's new rules would effectively give mobile customers lower rates, and firms' complaints against them show greed, says Alistair Fairweather.
EFF head Julius Malema says the current electoral laws, rules and regulations are not fair to new or small political parties.
The market has reacted negatively to news that termination rates will drop by 20 cents in six months time.