Vodacom, MTN raise red flags over amendment bill

1 December 2017

Telecoms

Government has been criticised by South Africa’s two biggest telecommunications operators over the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, which Vodacom and MTN say fails to deal with their urgent requirement for access to new spectrum.

The amendment bill, approved by cabinet 10 days ago, does not address the telecoms industry’s “urgent need to access available spectrum”, Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub said. Nor does it provide “certainty on licensing of current and future spectrum”.

MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa said the risks associated with the bill are “extensive and significant”. The proposed legislation will discourage investment in the sector, he said.

The two top industry executives’ remarks come after the amendment bill, which was approved by cabinet in mid-November, was blasted by the Free Market Foundation. The bill, if enacted, will make sweeping changes to the governance of the ICT sector in South Africa. Read the full article on TechCentral here