MTN, Cell C and Liquid have opposed a bid by Vodacom to cut their spectrum-sharing ties as a way to lessen the competitive advantage resulting from such arrangements. 

Should Vodacom’s application succeed, MTN says its inability to use the pooled spectrum will degrade the quality, speed and capacity of its network, “impacting a substantial portion of the population — not only subscribers of MTN”, but also subscribers of wholesale internet service providers, mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), mobile network operators that roam on the MTN network, its respective public and private sector customers, and members of the public who are reliant on these entities...

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