In my opinion spectrum is a national resource. Assignment of high demand spectrum should not be monopolised by a few entities. The spectrum assignment process should also aim to increase competition in the supply of wireless services as competition will help to drive down prices.Will Mybroadband be responding to the ICASA Framework for the Licensing of High Demand Spectrum?
dominic has been following up on this and we will post once we have an indication of the deadline.
informally i have been told this will happen...(really hoping so)
Updated document here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24829246/MyB...ons_270212.pdf
Have a read, and post your thoughts. I will edit if need be after that.
Please keep in mind that this is to be submitted on Wednesday, so don't leave it until Wednesday afternoon as I probably won't see it then
Addition for 16: Awarding of spectrum should also give preference to operators, whose shareholders do not already have a direct or indirect shareholding in an operator with High Demand Spectrum.
With regards to award of spectrum to wholesale providers (or the request that operators offer wholesale services) to operators with no spectrum it is important that the wholesale services are provided on a usage basis with no floor charges (depending on the type of wholesale agreement). If excessive floor charges are imposed, then the entry of new operators in this market is limited. For example, a simple national roaming type agreement should not require floor charges as international operators who have roaming agreements with the local mobile operators are not required to pay floor charges (it is usage based). A national roaming agreement is one method of allowing operators with no spectrum to provide services on the wholesale providers' network.
Thanks, Wirefree. Will incorporate your comments and post the edited document later today.
Any other comments?
I am concerned that ICASA awards the High Demand spectrum without looking at a full breakdown of who owns what spectrum. There are options for LTE in other spectrum bands and i would ask that they consider requesting incumbents to relinquish spectrum if they want the high demand allocation.
Updated to include comments: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24829246/MyB...ns_290212.docx
Any final feedback would be good. Submitting at 16h00 today.
Just to keep interested parties posted: Version above was submitted yesterday.