Which way for Huawei? To ban or not to ban

Australia is the latest country following the U.S. and India to ban Huawei from bidding to supply equipment to networks

Mobile Data Traffic Volumes: Bubble or Tsunami?

The GSM Association has just released an independent report commissioned from Analysys Mason which found that spectrum

What lessons should South Africa draw from recent and ongoing foreign spectrum auctions?

South Africa and many other countries should pay attention to several new issues of spectrum management policy and action plans that

Japan as an example of Green IT

Japan is an example of how long term forecasts of potentially huge increases in energy consumption and CO2 emissions are stimulating Green IT initiatives both to reduce the energy required “per byt

South Africa and the 2.6GHz Band Plan – Isolation or Harmonization

Martyn Roetter, July 24, 2009

South Africa has an opportunity through its allocation and attribution of spectrum in the valuable 2.6GHz band (2500-2690MHz) to become a broadband wireless pacesetter for its own economic and social benefit, as well as Africa’s.

Spectrum, Spectrum, Spectrum

A key question on everyone’s minds is how to improve broadband service and penetration, and accelerate our ICT development index in the process. Service providers are exploring a variety of wireless technologies. Mobile operators, with their aggressive investment plans and marketing muscle, have already demonstrated their ability to make a major difference. Convergence now means fixed line players are also investigating and deploying the same technologies – e.g. Telkom’s W-CDMA rollout. As the old adage goes the three most important priorities in this regard are (a) spectrum, (b) spectrum and (c) spectrum.

Too late for WiMax?

Next generation mobile technology could relegate WiMax  to a niche position in Africa as a wireless broadband solution in a continent that has a higher penetration of mobile phones with internet access than fixed lines.

WiMax will face stiff competition from mobile networks, although it will still have a greater impact in those developing countries in which it is given a reasonable head start over mobile broadband networks in Africa – by mid-2008 there were already 14 commercial HSPA networks in nine African countries.

Martyn Roetter


Martyn Roetter is our primary Navigator contributor, supported by the team of South Africa-based BMI-T researchers and consultants

You can find his full CV here.