Mexico is often held up by the South African government as an example of a successful wholesale open-access network. But how successful has Mexico’s Woan – known as Red Compartida – been? Fernando Borjón of Mexico’s Promtel provides some insight.
Cabinet has approved an amended version of the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, taking South Africa closer to the allocation of radio frequency spectrum to mobile operators.
The idea of a wireless open-access network is the central plank of government’s ICT policy. But this requires the release of significant amounts of high-demand spectrum, which regulatory and policy failure prevent from happening.