“Wireless open-access networks as proposed in the new policy have not yet been implemented successfully anywhere in the world.
There are number of concerns that arise from a monopoly open-access wireless network, but the fundamental question is whether open-access networks in and of themselves produce these positive outcomes — and if this pertains to wireless networks where it has seldom been applied. This raises a number of other concerns.
These include the lack of evidence to support the creation of an exclusive open-access network; whether there is the institutional capacity and sophistication to set up a viable model; if the mobile market is sufficiently un-competitive and dominance in the mobile market severe enough to justify the restructuring of the market; and in the absence of such dominance being determined by communications regulator ICASA through the required legal processes, if the state is not opening up itself and the regulator, who is mandated to license a consortium to operate the network, to protracted legal challenges.”
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