SA's Spectrum Saga Continues As Vodacom Warns Against Further Delays
In South Africa, the planned spectrum allocation by the Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) seems to be tying itself up in knots and creating heavy-levels of confusion and frustration among stakeholders, with Shameel Joosub, the CEO of Vodacom being the latest industry executive to complain about the delay the process is encountered.
It has to be pointed out that even as ICASA, the industry regulator, says it is ready to move on the matter, the spectrum allocation operations have been stalled as several organisations such as Telkom, MTN and etv (a South African broadcaster) have resulted to the Courts to challenge aspects of how the process is being managed.
Commenting on the matter, Joosub said "Any further delays to this process will likely harm consumers. Participating in ICASA's high-demand spectrum auction is a key strategic priority for the group in the quarter ahead. We see the assignment of the spectrum as instrumental in extending coverage, improving quality of service and lowering the cost to communicate in South Africa."
Joosub concluded by saying: "We welcome progress on spectrum assignment, seeing it as instrumental in extending coverage, improving quality of service and lowering the cost to communicate in our largest market."
Credit: contribution from itweb.co.za