Local 5G subscribers to top 11m in four years
Although 5G is in its infancy in SA, it could see 11 million subscribers and 43% population coverage in the next four years, says Africa Analysis.
WOAN success hinges on strong regulatory approach
Local research firm BMIT urges government to clear uncertainties around issues like digital migration so the wholesale open access network can bear fruit.
ICASA receives six applications for high demand spectrum
The regulator is resolute when it comes to the auctioning on spectrum, even as it faces a court bid to stop the process.
Ex-Vodacom, SAA boss Vuyani Jarana calls out ICASA over WOAN
Vuyani Jarana warns that the process will produce ‘a still born that will be extremely costly to funders and which will damage the mobile market going forward’.
BEE bloc takes on National Treasury over telecoms tender
The group demands government suspend its tender to procure mobile data and voice services until the spectrum allocation process is completed.
Unpacked: ICASA invitation to apply for high-demand spectrum, WOAN
The closing date for the IMT Spectrum ITA is 28 December 2020 and for the WOAN ITA is 30 March 2021.
WOAN will change status quo in telecoms industry, says minister
Communications and digital technologies minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams believes the wholesale open access network will address past imbalances in the sector.
ICASA sets the ball rolling for spectrum auction
The regulator’s move is a breakthrough for the telecoms sector, which has long been battling with ICASA over the allocation of spectrum licences.
Telkom boss Maseko seeks innovative WOAN auction
The telco wants the regulator to consider the impact of current spectrum trading deals in the design of the upcoming auction.
ICASA pushes back spectrum auction to next year
The auction of the high demand spectrum, which was originally slated for December 2020, will be completed by no later than 31 March 2021, the regulator says.
Government not backing down on WOAN plans
Despite failed wholesale open access network initiatives in other countries, the South African government is resolute that the model is the best to promote competition.