The departments of communications and telecommunications and postal services must prioritise spectrum policy and the associated regulatory framework, says a statement reacting to the telecoms Cabinet changes, issued by WAPA:
WAPA congratulates the incoming communications minister, Faith Muthambi, and Siyabonga Cwele as minister of the newly-formed
WAPA looks forward to engaging with the incoming leadership and hopes they continue the former administration's initiatives with all due urgency; specifically the development of a whitepaper to create a framework ICT policy for the next five years, and the assignment of high-demand spectrum. These initiatives are critical to creating an enabling environment for fair and open competition and consumer protection, such that the telecommunications industry can achieve the objectives set out in last year's SA Connect National Broadband Policy.
Should the acquisition be approved with appropriate structures in place to promote and ensure fair competition, WAPA is of the opinion that the transaction could benefit the industry by providing a high-quality operator with nationwide reach, capable of delivering retail services to consumers, and wholesale services to the industry, including WAPA members.
Neotel, a WAPA member, has an excellent track-record of engagement and partnership with WAPA members in collaborative projects. It is WAPA's hope this collaborative approach would continue in the event of Neotel being owned by
In order to spur competition and encourage new market entrants, as well as more innovation by existing service providers, WAPA calls on the departments of communications and telecommunications and postal services to prioritise spectrum policy and the associated regulatory framework. While we appreciate the need for spectrum policy and regulation to occur within a comprehensive framework, WAPA reiterates the urgency for speed in this process and, where possible, for policy decisions to be made in advance of a holistic approach.
To that end, WAPA will continue to engage government and other industry stakeholders via public forums such as this week's
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