CRAN issues tech-neutral licences
TELECOMS| April 2, 2012, 1:43 p.m.
The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has converted telcos’ operating licences to technology and service-neutral concessions.
The change will allow telecoms operators to use existing wireless frequencies for any purpose, including re-using 2G or 3G spectrum for the launch of 4G services without a new licence.
Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), AfricaOnline and Wireless Technologies Namibia (WTN) have been awarded the new tech-neutral licences. Leo, CTS and iBurst did not receive the technology-neutral licences.
MTC aims to use the opportunity to launch 4G LTE as well as direct fibre-optic triple-play broadband, telephony and TV services.
The company, long hoping to bring 4G to market, has come a step closer with the passing of a resolution by the Windhoek City Council to the municipality to negotiate with the mobile operator on its proposal to install underground ducts for fibre-optic transmission infrastructure supporting its 4G base stations in the capital. WTN also plans to bring 4G to market.
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