Government’s planned wholesale open-access network should only get a small set-aside of radio frequency spectrum, with the rest auctioned off to commercial operators, national treasury has said.
The Valley of a Thousand Hills near Durban will be the site of a commercial TV white-spaces pilot project. The backers hope it will prove the feasibility of using the technology to roll out low-cost Internet access to rural areas countrywide.
Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has asked Icasa to ensure that preferential access to spectrum is given to a new wholesale open-access network while opening the way for spectrum to be released to commercial operators.
The CSIR wants to engage much more actively with the private sector as it rolls out a new strategic plan to grow its revenue from industry and reduce its reliance on public-sector income.