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South Africa makes progress in wholesale network discussions

South Africa’s Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services believes it has won widespread support from ICT sector for its wholesale open-access network proposal for radio spectrum and that the emphasis has shifted to how the policy will be implemented, reports Business Day. “This was the conclusion drawn from a consultation in Pretoria organised by the National ICT Forum to discuss the implementation of the national integrated ICT policy white paper... In terms of the white paper, a single wireless open-access network will be created that will offer broadband to all players and give the control and management of radio frequency spectrum to the minister. It will also create a new regulatory body.” One of the results of the consultation is the commitment by mobile network operators to purchase a significant amount of capacity from the wholesale open-access network. Read more here. See also government release here

  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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