ICASA kept from regulating effectively: Qualcomm

Restrictions prevent SA’s telecoms regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), from performing its duties.

This is according to Bill Bold, Qualcomm’s head of government affairs, who was answering questions about spectrum policy during a recent conference call.

“In our view, ICASA just hasn’t been given the latitude to perform its regulatory task,” Bold said.

Bold said that in markets where there’s a Ministry and a regulator (like South Africa), there has to be very clear coherence from a legal perspective, and very clear signals to the industry, of who performs which task.

The line between the Ministry’s responsibility and that of ICASA needs to be clear, Bold said.

“That has not happened in either Kenya or South Africa,” Bold said. “It really has to do with institution building in both markets.”

Bold went on to say that the constant turnover of the Minister of Communication in South Africa hasn’t been helpful either. With the amount of turnover South Africa’s Ministry has seen you can’t have coherent policy, Bold said.

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