Licensing of Communications Networks and Services: Case Study of Market Liberalisation in South Africa and the United Kingdom

Show simple item record Raffinetti, Carla 2016-05-05T13:42:53Z 2016-05-05T13:42:53Z 2015-12-15
dc.identifier.citation Raffinetti, C. (2015). Licensing of communications networks and services: Case study of market liberalisation in South Africa and the United Kingdom. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC),14, 50-61.
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.description.abstract The article contrasts the regulatory regime for licensing telecommunications networks and services in South Africa with that of the United Kingdom, in order to illustrate how regulation can be used to restrict competition (South Africa) or facilitate entry into the market (the United Kingdom). The purpose of this article is to suggest possible areas for licensing reform in South Africa, which is currently in the process of reviewing its ICT policy framework. There are three areas where licensing policy can play a key role in promoting competition in the market: infrastructure and services; spectrum licensing; and pro-competitive regulation, which allows for additional licence conditions to be imposed on entities that hold significant market power (SMP). This paper addresses the first issue only (infrastructure and services), as an area that is easily capable of reform. Currently, the system for licensing networks and services in South Africa requires the pre-approval of the regulator to be granted before a licence is issued, which is unduly resource-intensive. This article advocates that South Africa adopt a system of general authorisations for the licensing of networks and services similar to that applied in the United Kingdom. Such an approach would free up the regulator to address other areas that have received insufficient regulatory attention to date, notably spectrum licensing and pro-competitive regulation, both of which fall beyond the scope of this article.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.subject licensing telecommunications networks, licensing reform, pro-competitive regulation, class licensing framework, general authorisation regime, telecommunications networks and services, South Africa, United Kingdom
dc.title Licensing of Communications Networks and Services: Case Study of Market Liberalisation in South Africa and the United Kingdom en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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    Thematic Issue: Economic Regulation and Regulatory Performance in the Electronic Communications Sector

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