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Open-access wireless network: be careful, SA

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If South Africa is to proceed down the path of creating a national wholesale open-access network, it needs to do so with its eyes wide open. By Martyn Roetter.

The idea of establishing a new, open-access, wholesale-only wireless network (OAWN) in South Africa has received significant attention in recent months.

Its purpose would be to stimulate greater competition in the provision of retail wireless services. It would also, through its deployment in sub-1GHz frequencies in the “digital dividend” band, help expand coverage of mobile broadband as economically as possible to underserved and unserved areas of the country.

A number of comparable initiatives in other countries — including Kenya, Rwanda, Russia and Mexico — have been cited in discussions of the pros and cons of this approach. In favour of an OAWN are:

Read More: http://www.techcentral.co.za/open-access-wireless-network-be-careful-sa/...

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