Blunder by ICASA causes spectrum auction issues

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Blunder by ICASA causes spectrum auction issues

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has messed up the definition of Tier-1 and Tier-2 operators in its current spectrum auction process, which has resulted in a legal challenge from MTN.

ICASA published its Invitation to Apply (ITA) notice on 2 October 2020 to invite applications for new spectrum in the IMT700, IMT800, IMT2600, and IMT3500 bands.
 
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Blunder by ICASA causes spectrum auction issues

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has messed up the definition of Tier-1 and Tier-2 operators in its current spectrum auction process, which has resulted in a legal challenge from MTN.

ICASA published its Invitation to Apply (ITA) notice on 2 October 2020 to invite applications for new spectrum in the IMT700, IMT800, IMT2600, and IMT3500 bands.
So someone finally noticed. Was wondering how long it would take.
 
It did look weird to me when reading it the first time I thought the definitions are exactly the same, but then thought it might just be my comprehension.
 
The reality is very few in the business actually know what the terms mean. Again t is about going to the source od the definitions and not what the perceived meanings are.
 
The reality is very few in the business actually know what the terms mean. Again t is about going to the source od the definitions and not what the perceived meanings are.
You mean the real one relating to architecture and peering rather than Icasa's definition of market share?
 
No they did not mess up.
They crated uncertainty, few obstacles that create noise.
Then interested businesses ask what needs to be done in order for it to go away.
Some money exchanges hands or at some later stage persons deciding about it get nice cushy positions at MTN or Vodacom.

You will see all will be good at the end (and few bank accounts will get some serious increases).
 
Having tiers is already communist.

Imagine arriving at a car auction and being told you are tier 2 and please go stand at the back if the big guys don't want the car maybe you can bie on it.
 
Having tiers is already communist.

Imagine arriving at a car auction and being told you are tier 2 and please go stand at the back if the big guys don't want the car maybe you can bie on it.
I think the idea is actually to give the smaller players an advantage to make sure they also get access.

Why define Tiers anyway? They know it is Vodacom and MTN, so just name them and everybody else is Tier 2?
 
Blunder? Or decolonization/commie k@k/ignorant geniuses making nefarious plant to bring the country/capitalism/WMC down another notch?

With the ANC, one never knows whether its incompetence or maliciousness contributing to their own extinction.
 
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