Case Studies on Wireless Open Access Networks

23 January 2018
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Government has proposed the establishment of a Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) which “will be a public-private sector-owned and managed consortium” responsible for the allocation of radio frequency spectrum. The WOAN will control physical telecoms infrastructure as well as spectrum, and allocate it.

The proposed WOAN is ill-fated and ill-considered. It has only been attempted in Kenya, Mexico, Russia and Rwanda, where it has yet to deliver the kind of success the South African government seeks. International practice, in contrast, is to empower private service providers instead of hoarding spectrum and infrastructure under a quasi-state monopoly.

Below are four case studies on WOANs in Kenya, Mexico, Russia and Rwanda.

Kenya
Mexico
Russia 
Rwanda


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