By Confidente Reporter
THE Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) hosted the second public hearing regarding the proposed infrastructure sharing regulations this week.
This hearing is intended to be the final opportunity for stakeholders from the industry, local authorities, utilities and other concerned parties, to make submissions and give further inputs on the content of the draft regulations.
“The Communications Act requires telecommunications and broadcasting service licensees and utilities to share infrastructure in order to promote competition. All carriers or holders of service technology neutral service licences and or utilities must therefore share infrastructure with other licensees or allow the latter to install and or utilise telecommunications and broadcasting infrastructure in line with the provisions of the Communications Act and regulations as published by CRAN,” said CEO Festus Mbandeka.
Section 48 and 50 of the Communications Act sets out that conditions and charges pertaining to the sharing of infrastructure must be reasonable, non-discriminatory and fairly apportioned among licensees and utilities. “CRAN, however, has no jurisdiction over the strategic business decisions of licensees, however what we wish to see through these and other regulations is that business decisions by licensees should at all times be lawful, in order to safeguard our environment and to ensure fair competition, for all the players and protection of the industry and consumers alike,” concluded Mbandeka.
Some of the key advantages of infrastructure sharing are amongst others, the reduction in capital and operational investment requirements, lowering of environmental impact and energy requirements and the creation of new revenue streams. This frees up capital for more strategic investments, provides for new services offerings and decreases barriers to market entry for new players fostering the promotion of competition in the industry.
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