SA Govt reveals planned WOAN spectrum allocation
5 October 2018
South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) report on how much spectrum should be reserved for the planned wholesale open access network (WOAN) operator has been released.
TechCentral writes that the CSIR has suggested that the minimum spectrum to be made available to the WOAN (based on 20% market share, or around ten million customers) should be 2×25MHz in the 800MHz band, 2×20MHz of paired (FDD) spectrum at 2600MHz and 25MHz of unpaired (TDD) spectrum at 2600MHz, with all excess capacity to be distributed among other industry players.
The South African government wants to create the WOAN to increase competition in South Africa’s wireless market, though the decision has drawn heavy criticism from a number of industry players, with the GSMA stating in August 2017 that ‘a move to wholesale networks will harm consumers, as history has demonstrated that network monopolies normally result in high prices and lower investment in infrastructure’.