Cheaper, faster broadband plan for SA: Alan Knott-Craig

Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig said that the road to more affordable and faster broadband services is simple, but needs urgent attention

Cell C Alan Knott Craig Senior

A single broadband network with pooled resources – including spectrum and finances – is the best way to achieve faster and more affordable Internet access in South Africa. This is according to Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig.

Knott-Craig told MyBroadband that it is very important that government gets their broadband policy right, adding that this policy should focus on a national broadband network.

This network should be built by a multi-shareholder consortium with the financial muscle and know-how to construct and operate a data network.

He explained that a single national broadband network can be built more affordably, and bring more competition to the market through a well regulated wholesale model.

The lower input costs and increased competition will ensure that consumers will get the best service levels at the lowest possible price, said Knott-Craig.

The Cell C CEO made it clear that government should not try to do this themselves as it will mean higher building costs, more inefficiencies and poor services to consumers.

Get ready for LTE Advanced (4G)

Knott-Craig said that South Africa needs to get ready to take advantage of LTE Advanced (4G) when the technology becomes commercially available.

“2G and 3G technologies are the oxwagens of today,” said Knott-Craig. “4G is where our focus should be.”

He said that lower frequency spectrum – typically in the 800MHz band – is needed to ensure better indoor penetration and better coverage in rural areas.

According to Knott-Craig the government’s choice is easy: If they want affordable high speed Internet access for its citizens, make sure South Africa gets a single wholesale broadband network with pooled resources. Anything else will simply continue the status quo.

More Cell C articles

Cell C Supacharge: unlimited on-net calls, 1GB of data, 1,000 SMSes

Cell C 100GB prepaid data deal

Cell C has better quality network than Vodacom, MTN: Knott-Craig

The true cost of an off-net mobile call

Share your thoughts

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Which type of Internet service would you rather have?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

The amazing Internet speeds we could have if the ANC government was not so useless

South Africa Fail

Imagine wireless broadband speeds of over 200Mbps. The resources to make it happen in South Africa are lying unused.

Big Twitter changes to how 140-character message limit is counted

Twitter on phone

Twitter has revealed the changes to how it will calculate the length of messages on its platform.

The cars President Jacob Zuma’s wives drive

Range Rover

R8.6 million was spent on President Jacob Zuma’s wives’ cars in the last five financial years, according to a parliamentary reply received by the DA.

R200 million fund for disruptive digital technology companies

Grotech

GroTech plans to build a R200-million portfolio in South Africa, and is “close to issuing two term sheets with an average cheque size of R10 million”.

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
×