Telecoms policy becomes a tennis match

23 February 2018

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

ISPA opposes the endless 'to and fro' telecoms sector tennis match that it says never seems to end with the consumer as champion.

ISPA opposes the endless 'to and fro' telecoms sector tennis match that it says never seems to end with the consumer as champion.

South Africa's telecoms policy is becoming a tennis match "characterised by endless sets of policy implementation decisions and policy implementation failures". This is according to the Internet Service Providers' Association of SA (ISPA).

The comments come from feedback from ISPA's almost 200 small, medium and large Internet service provider members following a process to collate comments for the group's recent submission on the Draft Electronic Communications Amendment Bill (ECA Bill).

ISPA says aside from laudable victories for competition, such as the reduction in mobile termination rates, "a lot of the feedback received from our members on the Draft Bill had to do with this endless 'to and fro' telecoms sector tennis match that never seems to end with the consumer as champion. ICASA's failure to implement makes us all losers," says Dominic Cull, regulatory advisor to ISPA.

The Bill seeks to implement and give effect to the policy objectives set out in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, published in late 2016. The ECA Bill contains provisions such as spectrum allocation, rapid deployment policy and the proposed wireless open access network (WOAN), which have garnered widespread criticism from some stakeholders in the sector. Read the full article on ITWeb here.