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To lower the cost to communicate operators should share the cost to build networks. This is the view of Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko.
I assume you've developed a great sense of irony from the field ...somewhat ironic
This concept is not new. In 2012 Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig said that a great way to decrease the input costs faced by operators, which would result in lower prices, is to have one national wholesale operator.
He added that this network should not be government owned or controlled, and suggested a consortium which involved both government and the private sector.
the whole collusion problem only exists if colluders have mechanisms in place to prejudice third parties
The point I am making is that you are equating a consortium with a racket and there is a subtle but important distinction. That distinction really is to be found in how the entity behaves to outsiders and gets away with behaving. The problem in the communications sector with the idea of a consortium is the fact that the operators already have locked out prospective competitors by virtue of the ECA - so they are already a cartelEasy to say, but in this country where corruption is rife, anything goes.
I'm just miffed by corruption by now, and is very sceptical of any new consortiums who'll claim lower prices...
I read the full article and this appears to focus on providing cheap(er) services only in underserviced areas...undoubtedly he is making the case in a limited areas where Telkom is facing a wall: so things like Broadband Infraco and the universal service agency (clearly Telkom could do with a cash injection on that layer)