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Vodacom and MTN dispute report they don’t use their spectrum

DXL

Senior Member
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Aug 15, 2006
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#2
Vodacon & Emptyn are lying and are being quite dishonest about spectrum use.

They have over the years throttled the spectrum to themselves in South Africa,

Personally for someone who has not studied Radio Frequency Planning I always wondered what Vodacon & Emptyn do with so much spectrum they have as towers are rolled out they rarely re-use spectrum within a 10km radius.

If a proper test was done then it complements my though process they are not utilizing the 900mhz to the maximum if the coverage is spotty or no coverage exists.

One of the Benefits of having illeterate people in the regulatory authority they believe anything Vodacom & MTN tell them.

If I were ICASA i would visit the area along with people from MTN & Vodacom and do the physical tests and take action.
 

jannievanzyl

Telecoms expert
Joined
Jun 14, 2009
Messages
4,853
#4
Vodacon & Emptyn are lying and are being quite dishonest about spectrum use.

They have over the years throttled the spectrum to themselves in South Africa,
You do know (actually, you obviously don't) that spectrum trading is illegal in SA?

Secondly, where exactly are the MNOs not using the (very limited) spectrum they've got?

Personally for someone who has not studied Radio Frequency Planning I always wondered what Vodacon & Emptyn do with so much spectrum they have as towers are rolled out they rarely re-use spectrum within a 10km radius.

If a proper test was done then it complements my though process they are not utilizing the 900mhz to the maximum if the coverage is spotty or no coverage exists.
Vodacom (and MTN) covers >99% of population with 2G and 3G. It might be spotty. But it's mostly spotty where there are no people. Or geography gets in the way. Like the few spots on this road.

If I were ICASA i would visit the area along with people from MTN & Vodacom and do the physical tests and take action.
You really should do it. Would love to see your results. Also your action plan. The MNOs are always keen to give better coverage (coverage = revenue, right?). You valuable input will be appreciated.

For the record, I checked up on this stretch myself. There are spots where signal drops out when the geography gets in the way. This is a road at the bottom of a valley, so many twists and turns. But you can see from the coverage maps that it's in very small spots.
 
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