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Do Open Access wireless networks threaten competition and investment?

Type of Resource:
Policy brief

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- Solutions or Strategies
- Trends

- Internet Access, Affordability And Use

Author(s): ResearchICTAfrica

Challenge and enabler: While mandatory open access interventions have failed, voluntary commercial open access models have contributed more effectively and efficiently to national objectives of network extension and wholesale cost reductions. Both commercial open access international undersea cable companies and terrestrial fibre companies challenged closed, incumbent networks by making investments on an open access basis and strongly contributing to the extension of broadband networks. Solutions: OA should only be introduced where markets are highly concentrated and there is evidence of abuse of dominance; Current regulations that restrict spectrum sharing, trading and shared use should be revised to enable commercial correction of incorrect spectrum valuation.


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Country of Study:
South Africa,

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