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.
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.
Operators will no longer have to hand back temporary spectrum assignments, awarded to them under the Covid-19 state of disaster regulations, until the spectrum auction is held in March 2021.
Rain expects to accelerate the installation of 5G towers to 1 500 in larger metropolitan areas in South Africa by December 2021, African Rainbow Capital Investments said on Friday.