ICASA caused massive damage, highlights industry players

The_Unbeliever

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One prominent industry player, who asked not to be named, said that it is regrettable that the regulator seems to want to make a point by taking down a large telecoms network, while it is not doing much to boost the industry through spectrum allocation or local loop unbundling.

It is called procrastination. Doing other things while you shirk the real jobs to be done.
 

daveza

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Brown said that he had no notice from ICASA that they are planning to take down a network which he uses. Broadlink therefore had no opportunity to address the issue with the regulator.

So ICASA is supposed to discuss the planned take-down with all of iBurst's clients ?
 

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Because ICASA is failing on other things, that doesn't mean some companies must do things illegal, fact WBS/Iburst are using a spectrum that is not theirs and not paying for it and that is breaking the law,
 

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ICASA did what was expected of them. If an ISP cheats by failing to pay its fees, then the regulator has the right to take action. This article looks like it has been motivated by vengeful persons and unknown sources. The The questions with no answers quote was really childish. Obviously they cannot speak to the media about an on going legal issue.
 

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ICASA did what was expected of them. This article looks like it has been motivated by vengeful persons and unknown sources. The The questions with no answers quote was really childish. Obviously they cannot speak to the media about an on going legal issue.

Uh, the legal issue is internal to ICASA. There is absolutely no reason as to why ICASA should not answer questions related to network uptime when numerous businesses were impacted without warning.
 

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When are we getting the LLU we were promised???? HELLOOO!!!!!!???

Can't we march on ICASA headquarters or something? I'm mega pissed. :(
 

marine1

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ICASA is a joke.
Perhaps the right palms were not greased?
 

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Icasa has not once done anything measningful. All they manage to do is to entrench monopolies such as Telkom and Monochoice. It took them three yeasrs to release the most inane set of ADSL regulations that Telkom up today still ignore. It took them even longer to award TV broadcasting licenses to parties that such as the Goaldata bunch of TopTv, which was guaranteed to fail. They also allocated a license to Telscum, which they have still not used, but they caused so many delays during the decision process.

Now they spend years in the really meaningful debate of Porn TV.

For all the money it cost to run, they have done nothing meaningful. And yes, maybe WBS did infringe, but Telkom is infringing on a far bigger scale everyday of its existence, but this useless organisdation only has teeth to tackle smaller players, allowing the large ones to get away with murder.

Close them down, for the sake of all South Africas people.
 

daveza

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I'm still not sure how iBurst have 'restored their services' if these services were deemed illegal or not paid for.

I guess we could see a replay of ICASA stepping in once more.
 

marine1

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Maybe a certain cellular company was behind the raid? I bet the plot will thicken
 
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So who is in the wrong? Reading the articles at TechCentral it seems like WBS isn't paying for all the spectrums (as well as the dodgy hijack allegations)
 

yebocan

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Because ICASA is failing on other things, that doesn't mean some companies must do things illegal, fact WBS/Iburst are using a spectrum that is not theirs and not paying for it and that is breaking the law,

+1
 

daveza

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And as far as I know we have yet to have a press release from iBurst - surely spin doesn't take that long.
 

Vis1/0N

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Iburst operating illegally benefited the SA economy much more than them pushing up their prices to collect revenue to pay their licenses.

Many places you won't get ADSL. CellC has had a poor couple of months, and my MTN connection was worse in that period, it only improved (marginally to edge) in the past week. 8TA 10GB has been decent but had spotty coverage . There are no other affordable alternatives. So yeah, Iburst operating illegally has subsidized cheaper data for SA businesses and consumers. Something ICASA has failed to do enough.
 

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Prominent industry players have questioned the decision of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to take down iBurst’s network...

Who? The one who chose not to be named? That is singular.
 
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