Communications regulator Icasa is putting the cart before the horse in forging ahead with plans to licence access to new spectrum bands before it has concluded an inquiry into the mobile broadband services market.
The SABC has told parliament that it simply cannot afford to pay Sentech’s “prohibitive” fees for broadcast signal distribution and that these fees must be cut in half with immediate effect.
Cell C has net debt, excluding leases, on its balance sheet (prior to a planned recapitalisation) of almost R10-billion, but it still wants to participate in South Africa’s upcoming spectrum auction.
Telkom dropped a bombshell on South Africa’s telecommunications industry this week when it said it was approaching the Competition Tribunal to object to Vodacom’s roaming agreements with Rain. But why?
South Africa’s fifth mobile operator, Rain, has launched “unlimited 4G for phones”, offering uncapped on-device data for R379/month on a month-to-month contract.
Telkom has approached the Competition Tribunal, seeking to have the spectrum arrangements between Vodacom and Rain declared a merger and therefore notifiable in terms of the Competition Act.
South Africa has proposed the radical relaxation of rules over foreign ownership in local broadcasters as well as the scrapping of restrictions that prevent cross-ownership of broadcasting services.
In this special edition of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod chats to three top industry experts, Steve Song, Kerron Edmunson and Mortimer Hope, to unpack Icasa’s invitations to apply for spectrum and the Woan licence.