« Telkom is roaming on the Vodacom network, Cell C is roaming on the Vodacom and MTN networks. We made no secret of the fact that because we had capacity limitations and Rain had the capacity, we bought capacity from them through a roaming agreement, » Joosub said, adding that the agreements had been tested by both the Competition Commission and the South African Independent Communications Authority (Icasa). This agreement will allow Vodacom to improve access to 4G capacity on more favourable terms. Joosub pointed out that roaming partnerships represent an important part of the activity between local service providers, given that Cell C is roaming on both Vodacom and MTN networks. From a consumer perspective, roaming agreements between companies help users improve signal quality and prevent call access in areas where their network operator has little or no towers. The case was first examined in 2018 by the Competition Commission and ICAO, and both sides found nothing wrong with the agreements. « What we need to pay attention to is that Telkom is trying to limit the amount of frequencies we can get at the auction by making noise about it [rain and Vodacom agreements], when this has already been done by the Competition Commission and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), » Joosub explains. The new agreement with Vodacom means that Rain will have access to Vodacom`s entire network, which prepares it for a full nationwide rollout. Telkom has called on antitrust authorities to foil business deals between Vodacom and a mobile data startup backed by Michael Jordaan, a step that threatens to unravel a major radio spectrum sharing deal. Rain has an agreement that allows it to access Vodacom`s network towers, and Vodacom has also entered into a roaming agreement for the use of Rain`s 4G spectrum. Joosub tells ITWeb: « First, Telkom has more spectrum than anyone else on the market; They have a great advantage. Second, let`s be honest, why do we use the rain spectrum? If we are on the Rain network, it is because we have no capacity, so we need more capacity that will come with the auction of frequencies. For now, we have to buy someone`s abilities, and Rain has the ability to sell us. JOHANNESBURG – VODACOM yesterday maintained its roaming agreement with Rain by announcing strong financial results in the six months to September, including an interim dividend of R7.6 billion due to solid revenue growth.
« One of the realities we face as an operator in South Africa is that we have had to use roaming agreements to maintain the demand for the necessary capacity. » « We didn`t hide the fact that because we limited investment and had rain capacity, we bought capacity from them through a roaming agreement, » Joosub said. « This is an important agreement in an environment where spectrum remains an important capacity restriction for all networks, » Vodacom said. « There are similar agreements between MTN and Cell C, and Telkom also uses our network, Cell C uses our network. So I think homelessness is very prevalent in the industry. Telkom says a number of agreements between Vodacom and Rain « allow Vodacom to use and control the provision of Rain`s spectrum, including the planning, deployment, maintenance and service of its radio access network. » It considers that this is a concentration and should be examined by the competition authorities. Telkom said on Wednesday it had applied to the Competition Court, which would rule on all anti-dominant cartel cases, to review agreements first reviewed in 2018 by the competition watchdog, the Competition Commission and Icasa. . . .