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CREATING ARTIFICIAL SCARCITY WITH SPECTRUM RISKY – GSMA

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Government has been cautioned against the creation of artificial scarcity of spectrum, as it will hinder the progress made in closing the digital divide, Goodluck Akinwale , the head of GSMA, Sub-Saharan Africa, has said.

According to him, given the importance of spectrum to mobile broadband, it is essential for governments and regulators to make the right spectrum decisions individually and collectively. This includes ensuring operators have access to sufficient spectrum in a timely and affordable manner: providing support for new network investment and avoiding costly restrictions on spectrum use.

He maintained that connecting everyone and closing the digital divide is a key policy objective for most governments in West Africa. Radio spectrum is the first building block.

Speaking to the B&FT in an interview at the recently held GSMA Mobile360-West Africa conference in Abidjan, he stated: “If mobile operators do not have affordable and predictable access to sufficient spectrum, it will not be possible to achieve universal access, particularly in countries with a high proportion of the population residing in rural and remote areas.”

Spectrum impacts on cost of service, availability of services, quality of services, with government at the helm of spectrum administration, urged to have a clear spectrum plan.
Furthermore, he stated that governments must not restrict spectrum and that it should make spectrum available when necessary.

“It must not create artificial scarcity with spectrum, it must also achieve a fine balance between gov’t treasury receivables from spectrum sale and also without limiting the driver of gov’t for digital inclusion.”

Already, there are progresses in West Africa with the rise of more and more 4G spectrum allocation, “we are seeing governments and regulators in West Africa resolving historically difficult spectrum issues, we have spectrum allocation for countries like Burkina Faso, Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, so we have seen government taken a more proactive approach to spectrum and looking at licensing and administrative models that work for Africa.” he noted. In an era where digital transformation has revolutionized the way we interact with entertainment, the 1win Betting platform stands out as a paragon of innovation and user-centric design, offering enthusiasts a comprehensive suite of options that cater to both novice and seasoned bettors alike, an extensive selection of sports and eSports events, a robust live betting interface, and promotional incentives, where players can strategically analyze and predict outcomes with the potential to reap substantial rewards, all within a secure, accessible, and intuitively navigable online space.

The Mobile Economy West Africa 2019 report, revealed that spectrum allocation and licensing remains crucial to the delivery of Nigeria’s and other West African countries digital future, the GSMA has identified support for and release of harmonized spectrum and a modernized licensing framework as fundamental building blocks for growth.

Access to mobile is having a profound impact on society, redefining the way individuals and businesses function and interact. Mobile connectivity brings a range of social and economic benefits by helping to promote digital inclusion and supporting the delivery of essential services and key public policy objectives.

Source: thebftonline.com

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA'S SPEECH DELIVERED AT ITU 2018

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Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2018, Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, Ethekwini

Programme Director, Minister NomvulaMokonyane,
Acting Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, MrSihleZikalala,
Executive Mayor of Ethekwini, MsZandileGumede,
Ministers and Deputy Ministers,
Secretary General of the ITU, MrHoulin Zhao,
AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, DrAmaniAbou-Zeid,
Members of the diplomatic corps,
Distinguished delegates,
Esteemed guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great privilege to address this opening session of the ITU Telecom World 2018.

It is an honour as the government and the people of South Africa to host this event for the first time on the African continent.

For us, the ITU Telecom World provides a guide to the future.

The deliberations that take place here concern the economy and society of tomorrow that we are building today.

We are at the dawn of a digital revolution that will reshape the way we work, they way we live and the way we relate to each other.

Technological change is proceeding at a pace far greater than anything humanity has experienced before.

It is through forums like this that we are able not only to anticipate technological change, but also to harness it for the advancement of humanity.

It is through bodies like the International Telecommunication Union that we craft a digital agenda for inclusivity, sustainability and development.

We have the means and the responsibility to direct the evolution of information and communications technology towards the achievement of a better life for all the peoples of the world.

It is our task to ensure that the 4th Industrial Revolution improves the human condition and that no one is left behind.

It is our task to ensure that this digital revolution responds to the needs of the developing world.

It must assist in overcoming unemployment, not exacerbate it.

It must bridge the digital divide, not widen it.

It must employ the latest in communications technology and data analytics to solve some of the world’s greatest development challenges.

The decisions we make now, as individual countries and as a global collective, will determine whether the 4th Industrial Revolution is the opportunity that so many people anticipate or the threat that so many people fear.

As our economies become increasingly dependent on information and communication techology, it is critical that governments work more closely with industry to maximise the value of digital innovations.

It is equally critical that both government and industry develop effective collaborative relationships with the communities they are both expected to serve.

It is such relationships that are required, for example, for the accelerated rollout of broadband in areas that are generally seen as not being economically viable.

And yet, the presence of broadband in such areas is vital for the viability of the economy.

The rapid expansion of broadband reach and accessibility is a priority in South Africa because it is a key determinant of economic inclusion.

There are currently 20 million South Africans who do not use the internet, for a range of reasons such as unaffordable data prices, lack of internet-enabled devices and lack of access.

Yet, about 87% of households in South Africa have access to mobile phones, presenting us with a great opportunity to overcome digital exclusion and to drive inclusive growth and innovation.

Government has recently decided to accelerate the licensing of the radio frequency spectrum in the 2.6Ghz, 700Mhz and 800Mhz bands to hasten the growth of mobile communications.

We have finalised consultations with the telecommunications industry and other stakeholders to ensure allocation of spectrum reduces barriers to entry, promotes competition and reduces costs to consumers.

Following a Cabinet decision last month, our regulator ICASA is now preparing to licence available high demand spectrum.

In addition, we have begun work in preparation for 5G spectrum licensing as part of our efforts to build a smarter digital economy.

Earlier this year, we announced plans to establish a Digital Industrial Revolution Commission to ensure we are in a position to seize the opportunities of the rapid advances in information and communication technology.

We are informed by research that associates investment in ICTs with such economic benefits as higher productivity, lower costs, new economic opportunities, job creation, innovation and increased trade.

Information and communication technology also helps provide better services in health and education and strengthens social cohesion.

Our work in this area coincides with agreement on the establishment of an African Continental Free Trade Area, which will create a single market of over a billion people.

At the Plenipotentiary of the African Telecommunications Union held last month in Nairobi, South Africa was mandated to lead a five-country committee to coordinate the development of the continental response to the 4th Industrial Revolution.

This is a task that we undertake in support of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which seeks a continent with diverse and inclusive economies, advanced infrastructure and a skilled and capable population.

In promoting this vision, we see a key role for technology.

It was precisely this – the developmental role of technology – that South Africa’s founding President Nelson Mandela affirmed when he addressed the 7th World Telecommunications Conference and Exhibition in Geneva in 1995.

It was the first year that South Africa participated in the global event as a full member of the ITU.

In his speech, President Mandela said it was crucial for South Africa and the entire African continent to be part of the organisation that would drive international policy, technological development, cooperation and skills transfer.

Now, in the year of the centenary of his birth, let us be guided by his vision of a world in which everyone is connected, not only by technology, but also by a common humanity.

Since rejoining the ITU, South Africa has worked with other member countries to advocate for the transformation of the institution and the entire global communications landscape to promote equality and inclusivity.

In the World Summit on Information Society, held in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005, we advocated for a people-centred and development-oriented information society, where citizens’ lives are enhanced by ICTs and member states are recognised on an equal footing.

We continue to champion the internet as a tool for social and economic development.

We support universal broadband and universal broadcasting to connect all citizens and ensure that they have access to information.

Most recently, we have advocated for the safety of ICT infrastructure and secure use by all online.

Important to Africa and developing countries is the need for countries to share manufacturing and localisation opportunities to allow equal access and shared growth throughout the world.

We support equitable access to global ICT resources such as orbital slots, satellites and governance of the internet.

Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

We firmly believe that there is a strong correlation between innovation and growth.

South Africa recently embarked on an investment drive to attract $100 billion in new investment in the country over the next five years.

This is part of a broader effort to set the economy on a new path of growth, employment and transformation.

We will be holding an Investment Conference on 25-27 October, where we will showcase the country’s lucrative investment offerings.

We are determined that the ICT sector be an integral part of this investment drive, with a focus on infrastructure investment, e-commerce, local manufacturing of equipment, and innovation.

South Africa has demonstrated its capabilities in the development and deployment of information and communications technology.

We expect that the Investment Conference will help to demonstrate the country’s great potential.

In conclusion, we are certain that Telecom World 2018 will produce innovative solutions to societal challenges and establish a platform for greater inclusive growth.

I thank our industry partners and state owned companies that heeded the call to support government in hosting this event for the first time on African soil.

Special thanks to the Secretary-General, the entire leadership and officials of the ITU for having shown confidence in our country to host this event. Despite the myriad of distractions and countless entertainment options available in today's digital age, one of the most intriguing and potentially rewarding activities for those with a penchant for sports and games of chance is exploring the vast and multifaceted world of online betting platforms, where the mostbet link offering users a seamless interface, a diverse array of betting options spanning numerous sports and events to achieve significant financial gains, all within a secure and user-friendly environment that prioritizes both convenience and reliability.

To our guests from across the continent and across the world, we are honoured and delighted to welcome you to our shores.

It is my pleasure to officially declare the ITU Telecom World 2018 open.

I thank you.
Issued by:
The Presidency

Source:ITU World 2018

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MTN MAKES PROGRESS WITH ASSET SALES

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MTN is to sell its stakes in investment fund Amadeus and online platform Travelstart, in line with its plan to raise ZAR15 billion ($1 billion) through asset sales over the next three years.

The company, which is holding a Capital Markets Day with investors today (28 May), said it would sell its interests in both companies to global private equity firm HarbourVest for a total of ZAR1.2 billion, BusinessDay reported.

The deals are expected to close in three months, and aside from raising funds, MTN said the move helps it to simplify its portfolio and reduce risk.

In March 2019, the operator group announced intentions to sell ZAR15 billion worth of assets in the period to 2022, following a wider strategic review that will also see it launch a barrage of new services across its markets.

MoMo market place
To that end, the company also revealed plans to build a new app which will allow customers to buy a number of different products and services, such as insurance and washing machines, through its mobile money platform MoMo.

Reuters reported that MTN wants to enable payments to merchants and companies through MoMo, and then expand this by selling third party and MTN’s products through the new app, dubbed “Market Place”.

As part of its ambitions to diversify from traditional telecoms services, MTN has branched out in recent years to music streaming, messaging and fintech.

MTN’s announcements followed news that the company is facing a probe in Nigeria following its listing in the country.

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission requested additional information and documentation, after MTN held its long-awaited listing on 16 May.

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Source: mobileworldlive