Telkom criticises ICASA's spectrum plan

Jamie McKane

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Telkom criticises ICASA's spectrum plan

Telkom group executive for regulatory affairs Siyabonga Mahlangu says ICASA's approach to the upcoming high-demand spectrum audit is problematic.

Speaking with the Sunday Times, Mahlangu said ICASA is slicing up the 3.5GHz spectrum "like salami" between all interested parties.
 

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Telskum, you had 20 years of Government funding and support for your monopoly. A few years later, competition arrived, yet your influence and lobbying still maintained your cushy market position.
Now that the true time of real world competition is at hand, you cry worse than Monochoice.
Please innovate for real, deal with guavament ineptitude - professionally just like the other operators, or just stop moaning and die already.
 

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Telskum, you had 20 years of Government funding and support for your monopoly. A few years later, competition arrived, yet your influence and lobbying still maintained your cushy market position.
Now that the true time of real world competition is at hand, you cry worse than Monochoice.
Please innovate for real, deal with guavament ineptitude - professionally just like the other operators, or just stop moaning and die already.
They have a point though, there are so many things wrong with this auction.
 

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The solution IMHO is for no one to show up to participate when the auction starts. That might get through to ICACA.
 

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  1. ICASA went ahead with its Invitation to Apply for the high-demand spectrum without first finishing its Mobile Broadband Service Market Inquiry. Telkom contends that this is unlawful and irrational. The root of this argument is that Telkom does not believe ICASA is doing enough to break the dominance of Vodacom and MTN in the market.

Everyone, please have a 2 second cry for a government monopoly that has only recently been broken by private infrastructure.
 

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Telkom submitted its application .... along with Cell C, Liquid, MTN, Rain and Vodacom ....
 

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"channel the authority’s decision-making outlook"
These guys wouldn't be able to decide where to piss at a drunk party.
 

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And how about some spectrum for the WISP's to use regionally ICASA ?
 

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ye, what's up with that. What happened to all the Class vs Individual licence holders. What's the point when all C-ECS holders are selling nationally on the open access ftth networks? Maybe ICASA should should just scrap C-ECN & C-ECNS licences if they cant enforce them @dominic

Anyway #Spectrum4All, whats this Tier-1 & Tier 2 rubbish, where is Tier 3 (WISP's) which hold class licences? They have more clients than Liquid on wireless, meh!

FYI: I dont own or work for a WISP but where do they feature in this auction ?
 
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ye, what's up with that. What happened to all the Class vs Individual licence holders. What's the point when all C-ECS holders are selling nationally on the open access ftth networks? Maybe ICASA should should just scrap C-ECN & C-ECNS licences if they cant enforce them @dominic

Anyway #Spectrum4All, whats this Tier-1 & Tier 2 rubbish, where is Tier 3 (WISP's) which hold class licences? They have more clients than Liquid on wireless, meh!

FYI: I dont own or work for a WISP but where do they feature in this auction ?
It would be nice if WISP's could be considered for spectrum, possibly on a open-band basis, with limitations.

For example, a large chunk of a particular spectrum which can ONLY be used:
1. For Point to Multi-Point ONLY (no point to point use at all)
2. Class license holders ONLY (Individual License holders may not use the spectrum)
3. Restricted to outdoor use ONLY (not for use on indoor WiFi access points)
4. Slightly higher EIRP than ISM bands (not a excessive EIRP, slightly higher)
5. No claims of interference can be made like the current ISM rules, unless non authorized use by non-CECN/s holders.

And possibly a few more restrictions, something along those lines, this will greatly help the WISP industry.
 
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