Government’s plan to create a wholesale open-access network “will serve no useful purpose” and could, in fact, harm consumers – the exact opposite of what it’s meant to achieve, the Free Market Foundation said.
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As Icasa prepares to release the long-awaited invitation to apply this week for five broadband spectrum bands, a new research report has cautioned the authority to set realistic prices.
Communications regulator Icasa faces its biggest-ever test over the coming six months as it gears up to oversee South Africa’s first-ever auction of broadband telecommunications spectrum.
Released five years after Icasa tried to license access to the spectrum for broadband services, the final policy is not dissimilar to what the communications regulator originally intended.
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.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced major changes to his cabinet that will have a direct bearing on South Africa’s telecommunications and broadcasting industries.