Who is to blame for SA's high data rates?
South African cellular network providers frequently lay the blame for higher data costs with government, who they say has been too slow to allocate additional spectrum, or radio frequencies, to them.
Online resource Technopedia says spectrum allocation is the process of regulating the use of the electromagnetic spectrum and dividing it among various and competing organisations and interests. This regulation is controlled by various governmental and international organisations.
Vodacom said in a statement this week that the company recently met with communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams to highlight the need for new spectrum, which had not been allocated in 15 years. “As we’ve previously stated, additional spectrum will go a long way towards helping both operators and consumers through the reduction of network input costs.”..