Broadcasting and mobile network spectrum must be privatised — FMF

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Broadcasting and mobile network spectrum must be privatised — FMF

All frequency spectrum used for telecommunications services by mobile network operators and broadcasters in South Africa should be permanently sold for ownership instead of being leased on licence for a limited time.

This is the view of the economic think-tank Free Market Foundation (FMF), which maintains that doing so would be to the benefit of both service providers and their customers.

This is included in its submission made earlier this month to ICASA, in response to the authority's call for feedback on the issues which the regulator should consider with regards to its review of the ICT COVID-19 national disaster regulations.
 

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Not such a good idea. Spectrum is a finite resource. You don't want operators to hog it indefinitely without contributing to competition. Physical networks however are another matter. Those should be completely deregulated and license exempt.
 

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Not such a good idea. Spectrum is a finite resource. You don't want operators to hog it indefinitely without contributing to competition. Physical networks however are another matter. Those should be completely deregulated and license exempt.
Just like coal, which is used to generate electricity, is also a finite resource. If you are calling for more government hand holding at this point, you are the problem.
 

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Just like coal, which is used to generate electricity, is also a finite resource. If you are calling for more government hand holding at this point, you are the problem.
You clearly don't know what happens when regulations are too lax. Yes coal is a finite resource which is why mining comes with such high taxes.
 

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I don't support this just imagine if liquid telecom had permanent 4G spectrum all this year's it could be useless to the industry while others need it ASAP
 

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The current design of the spectrum auction would mean that Vodacom and MTN face the possibility of not gaining access to the vital band of 3.5MHz for at least 10 years and this will have a significant impact on consumers.

Well something is very wrong wirh the above quoted statement. A have wave antenna for 3.5Mhz would be 80 metres long. Very awkward to mount on a mobile phone.
I don't support this just imagine if liquid telecom had permanent 4G spectrum all this year's it could be useless to the industry while others need it ASAP
 

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The current design of the spectrum auction would mean that Vodacom and MTN face the possibility of not gaining access to the vital band of 3.5MHz for at least 10 years and this will have a significant impact on consumers.

Well something is very wrong wirh the above quoted statement. A have wave antenna for 3.5Mhz would be 80 metres long. Very awkward to mount on a mobile phone.
3.5Mhz? I think there's a bug in that article yeah.
 
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