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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...

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