“He (Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele) wants to subject you to a ghastly nationalised, socialised, incompetent, corrupt, patronage-driven, outdated, regressive, loss-making, apartheid-style telecommunications monopoly.  He wants telecoms to resemble failed state enterprises such as South African Airways, Eskom, the SABC and Alexkor, the road network and healthcare and education systems.  He calls closed access “open access”. . . . .”

“If implemented, progress will be reversed.  To that end, Cwele asked the courts to stop Icasa from allocating spectrum, and proposed a part-nationalised, part-monopolised mobile system.  Deep in the White Paper lurks extreme intervention unlike anything seen in sophisticated markets.  Unsupported by plausible evidence or argument, the proposals reject internationally proven models.  Billions of rand, tens of thousands of jobs and millions of cellphone users will be jeopardised”.

Spectrum policy will put telecom sector back in dark ages: Leon Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation, in BusinessLive today published by Business Day.