Spectrum delays hamper SA’s digital progress, Vodacom and Telkom say
The high cost of electronic communication in SA has largely been blamed on a lack of competition and the ‘spectrum crunch’
Mobile operators Vodacom and Telkom say a proposal by the telecoms regulator to take away temporary spectrum — radio waves by which information is transmitted — could hamper the rollout of 5G services, reduce network quality and take away coverage for some South Africans. That would add to the general frustration felt in the industry about a delayed auction process.
The high cost of electronic communication in SA has largely been blamed on a lack of competition and the “spectrum crunch”. Fixing this issue has become a key part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic recovery plan, but its implementation has been delayed a number of times...