Proposed regulations aimed at the telecommunications sector are largely backward-looking and would not support the industry’s development, says Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko. "The industry is changing faster than the regulatory environment can keep up. The changes implore us to look forward, yet, as regulations and policies tend to be developed based on past events, we are faced with protocols that we feel do not support an evolving industry," Maseko said in Telkom’s annual report, without naming any specific regulations. The information and communications technology (ICT) group and its peers face a swathe of new regulations, including the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, which proposes that mobile operators share their spectrum and other infrastructure. They must also contend with new data-expiry rules as regulators look to lower the cost to communicate while ensuring broadband coverage is extended.

Maseko said the sector would need to proactively engage policy-makers and ...

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