As part of efforts to create a level playing field and stimulate investment in infrastructure for the deployment of 4G networks by the non-Significant Market Power (SMP) operators, the National Communication Authority (NCA) has introduced technology neutrality.
Technology neutrality is one of the remedies to address SMP concerns.
A statement issued by the NCA said the initiative is aimed at “correcting the market imbalances and boosting consumer choice in the telecommunications sector with the introduction of technology neutrality for non-SMP operators.”
The NCA explained that it would also grant Vodafone and AT the authorisation to re-farm their spectrum assignment in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, and 2100MHz bands to provide 4G services, subject to paying an annual premium.
Some benefits of Technology Neutrality included the opportunity for operators who do not currently have 4G services to deploy it within their current spectrum assignment, levelling the playing field and enhancing their competitiveness, it said.
“The option for non-SMP operators with 4G services to re-farm portions of their current spectrum assignment to improve the quality of their 4G services and Enhanced consumer choice for 4G services,” NCA said.
Read the full statement below