SA's network providers oppose Vodacom and Rain roaming deal

Network provider Vodacom is expected to spend R1.1 billion in capital on roaming deal with the data-only competitor Rain.

The deal has been opposed by other network operators Cell C and MTN, who also want in on the deal, explains MyBroadband editor Jan Vermeulen.

Vermeulen says Rain operates its own LTE 4G network in the country and it lets Vodacom roam on the network at a price.

Read: South Africans do not love Vodacom. Cell C has the best service - BrandsEye SA

This gets around all sorts of regulatory hurdles in South Africa preventing them from sharing outright spectrum.

Jan Vermeulen, Editor - My Broadband

Spectrum is a finite resource. It's the same kind of frequency that this is broadcast on, it's high frequency. So if you don't have more spectrum, you don't have more spectrum.

Jan Vermeulen, Editor - My Broadband

Rain is also loving the deal because Vodacom is like an anchor tenant on its network, a guaranteed monthly income. It's a win-win for both companies.

Jan Vermeulen, Editor - My Broadband

Vermeulen says plans to release wireless spectrum were somehow put on ice and now it is on the new Ramaphosa administration to release the spectrum.

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