Icasa to restart the spectrum auction to avoid drawn-out litigation with Telkom and MTN

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Bad news for cellular networks in South Africa — spectrum auction to be stopped

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) says it has unfortunately not been able to reach an out-of-court settlement with Telkom, E-tv, and MTN regarding their objections to its spectrum auction process.

This spectrum auction would see the assignment of high-demand spectrum licences, and the licensing for a national Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN).
 
From what I heard the WOAN is a not technically implementable and never before implemented idea.

So basically like the Post Office 1kg limit, completely delusional of the industry's needs.
 
From what I heard the WOAN is a not technically implementable and never before implemented idea.

So basically like the Post Office 1kg limit, completely delusional of the industry's needs.
The interests of some big time players is the biggest obstacle to a WOAN, and then a close second is government ineptitude.

The private companies could make a WOAN work but then again there seems to be the chance for collusion.
 
I thought by now analogue transmitters would be switched off in all provinces by Stella Ndabeni-Abrams.
Ohhh I forgot, she was reshuffled.
 
And all this time there is 100s of Mhz of spectrum sitting around unused and unpaid for.
 
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