The Internet service provider industry in South Africa is fed up with confusing regulations from communications regulator Icasa over ownership rules.
The industry body has lodged an objection with the Competition Commission over Vodacom’s plan to buy a significant minority stake in CIVH.
The Internet Service Providers’ Association wants Icasa to crack open South Africa’s mobile industry to greater competition.
The issue has reached prominence in Europe, the US and other markets, but where does South Africa stand on the subject of network neutrality? By Carmen Cupido.
The Internet Service Providers’ Association has strongly criticised communications regulator Icasa for attempting to “micromanage” the sector.
When the Internet Service Providers’ Association was founded 25 years ago, its principal raison d’être was fighting Telkom’s monopoly. Now the company has been accepted as a member.
Communications regulator Icasa will pursue a legal appeal against a high court judgment that slammed the brakes on the spectrum auction. But has also said it is open to an out-of-court agreement.
Communications regulator Icasa on Tuesday confirmed that Monday’s court judgment in favour of Telkom means the spectrum auction cannot proceed later this month. The agency is now preparing for a legal battle.
The Internet Service Providers’ Association has called for mediation, rather than litigation, to resolve the stand-off between communications regulator Icasa and telecommunications operators over the looming spectrum auction.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered his communications minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, to bring down mobile data prices by 50% by instituting direct controls on retail prices. This is a grave mistake. By Ivo Vegter.