The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) yesterday conducted the second round in the spectrum auction process which dealt only with administrative matters. This follows last week’s first ever spectrum sale which collected R14,4 billion rand in an auction that involved six qualified bidders, namely Cell C, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, MTN, Rain Networks, Telkom and Vodacom. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the auction of the high-demand spectrum for mobile telecommunications is a significant milestone for the country’s reform agenda. However, despite the government’s view that there is greater public benefit that will change the lives of South Africans, the outcome of the spectrum sale invited differing views, with some raising concerns, that the economic benefit went to big telecoms companies and entrenched the status quo. ICASA Chief Executive Officer Willington Ngwepe joins us virtually.
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