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Mexico’s new wholesale mobile network, which SA regulators want to emulate to an extent, could have 20 contracts in place with private-sector operators by the end of 2018. SA’s contentious Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, which is ready to be presented to parliament, recommends the creation of a wholesale open-access network that would give smaller operators and new entrants a leg up. Along with a controversial clause that says Vodacom and MTN will have to open up their networks to rivals, the bill is also aimed at boosting competition and lowering connectivity costs. Mexico’s version of a wholesale national network, which launched in March, has signed contracts with 13 groups that will buy capacity from the network. "There has been a lot of interest, we will probably have more contracts, I guess in a month," says Fernando Borjon, project manager and head of Mexico’s Telecommunications Investment Promotion Agency.

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