Giving back our spectrum is a dangerous idea: Telkom

The government’s plan to take away mobile spectrum assigned to cellular operators is a dangerous one.

That’s according to Telkom chief commercial officer Brian Armstrong, who was speaking at the 2016 MyBroadband Conference.

Telkom does not see a scenario where companies would be incentivised to invest in building wireless networks with the threat of their spectrum being taken back looming over them, said Armstrong.

His comments come in the wake of the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele, publishing a new ICT Policy White Paper.

The paper places the onus on ICASA to determine the time frames and terms and conditions for exclusively and individually-assigned spectrum to be returned.

The paper proposes a single open-access wireless network which operators will then share.

ICASA’s terms must take into account market developments and the estimated extent of the availability of open-access networks.

Once ICASA has completed its industry-wide consultation, it must present its recommendations to the Minister for approval.

Now read: How Vodacom and MTN can lose their cellular spectrum

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