Telkom wants spectrum to be released – But where it goes must be decided by economic growth

Telkom’s primary concern when it comes to spectrum is that it must be released.

Who it is released to, however, must be decided by the economic growth needs of the country.

The statement from Telkom follows an  open letter from Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko to President Cyril Ramaphosa, in which Maseko asked for the release of radio frequency spectrum.

The letter stated that if spectrum is made available, the economy will benefit substantially. The letter did not state that the spectrum must be made available to mobile operators specifically, or to Telkom.

Maseko’s letter follows a statement from Openserve CEO Alphonzo Samuels in March 2018, where Samuels called for all unassigned spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 2.6GHz, and 3.5GHz frequency bands to be assigned to the government’s planned wholesale open access network (WOAN).

Spectrum release

To clarify Telkom’s stance on spectrum, and where it must be allocated, MyBroadband spoke to the company about

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