Even when South Africa has completed the switch-off of analogue television broadcasting signals as part of the long-delayed broadcasting digital migration project, the spectrum may still not be available for broadband operators.
Vodacom’s agreement with Liquid Telecom to roll out a national 5G network using the latter’s spectrum will entrench the dominance of the country’s biggest mobile operator, Telkom warned has warned.
The communications regulator has received more than 40 written submissions on the licensing of broadband spectrum suitable for building 4G/LTE and 5G networks in South Africa.
Exclusive | Vodacom and Liquid Telecom have signed an agreement which will, in effect, give the country’s biggest mobile operator access to a key spectrum band, allowing it to deploy 5G services nationally.
MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter on Thursday voiced his disappointment in the Competition Commission’s report on the data services market in South Africa, arguing it was poorly framed and failed to acknowledge the successes of the industry.
Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko has slammed the Competition Commission for intervening directly in prices in the data services market, warning using this “blunt and archaic” tool is an “ineffective instrument that may ultimately have unintended and deleterious consequences”.