Why Vodacom and MTN desperately need more spectrum

Joseph matane

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Check out MTN prepaid data bundle pricing 600MB still cost R99
Good news MTN has now updated ussd menu 600MB is R60
 
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Vorastra

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Graphs of spectrum comparing different countries without any context to cost and speed.
 

Yskasmetnstoof

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Meanwhile Rain has shut down emails to support. Only a website filled with FAQ's about mainly deliveries for us suckers relying on them for LTE now. Looks like an acknowledgement that their internet has problems. Which it has.
 

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And the others??? Dont they also need it?? Lol, it's always about MTN and Vodacom
 

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Meanwhile Rain has shut down emails to support. Only a website filled with FAQ's about mainly deliveries for us suckers relying on them for LTE now. Looks like an acknowledgement that their internet has problems. Which it has.
At the bottom of that page is a "contact support" button that opens a support form that you fill out.
 

Johnatan56

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Did you include whether that spectrum is regionally licensed? Also not all spectrum is equal, contiguous pieces are generally better, you want lower frequency in rural and higher in dense, etc.
You're supposedly a tech site, use the information to form an insight besides "oh look, 1/3 of the number allocation game".

Your article here: https://mybroadband.co.za/news/cell...for-mtn-and-vodacom-in-african-countries.html is a lot better and where you recycled the numbers from I assume.

Using T-Mobile as an example of US is terrible since they just bought Sprint: https://www.speedtest.net/insights/blog/new-t-mobile-spectrum-coverage/
Capitalizing on spectrum synergies

According to the consent decree with the DOJ, T-Mobile will keep Sprint’s entire 2.5 GHz and PCS spectrum portfolio, which will be integrated when the deal is finalized. The new T-Mobile will build an LTE layer on a denser cell site grid using Sprint and T-Mobile PCS spectrum synergies in combination with T-Mobile’s 600 MHz, 700 MHz and AWS holdings. This will address the existing capacity demand and expedite the process of allocating most of the 2.5 GHz spectrum assets to 5G NR.

And continuing on that article, T-Mobile also has a lot of spectrum in the 600MHz and 700MHz range that they're leasing from other companies like Dish, if you want to take spectrum like that into account, then you should also add e.g. Vodacom's 2x30MHz in the upper ranges, or at the very least Vodacom's 8MHz in the 3.6GH range.
And need to take into account that spectrum is also regional, some areas they might have a license for it, in others their competitor might, adding them all up like that doesn't work, and that's true for most places.
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Based on the above, T-Mobile is at 72MHz (of which 32 is from the digital migration), with most of those being 5/6MHz small blocks that are a lot less useful than one 12-15MHz+ block. and they're set to receive ~120MHz that they're not utilizing yet, so there's your answer as to why they've got so much.

What's fun is that huge block in BRS, that's 2.5GHz and higher, that used to be "bad" spectrum due to lower range, now it's great with 4G/5G.
See here:
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Page 10.

And note: I am not making these points to say that all our mobile providers have enough spectrum, they clearly don't, but they have enough that there shouldn't be an issue with pricing, it's a red herring.

In case you're looking for where MyBB got their SA numbers: https://www.icasa.org.za/uploads/files/SpectrumUsage_Q1-2013.pdf
 
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