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

TD-LTE: An Opportunity for South Africa?

TD-LTE – the unpaired version of the future dominant mobile broadband technology LTE – is poised to become the first time

Voice and LTE – What’s An Operator to Do?

LTE networks are being launched in some countries, while in others bid documents for spectrum in which LTE networks are to

South Africa Goes Its Own Way at 2.6GHz

ICASA has now finally announced or confirmed its spectrum plans for the 2.6GHz band in which four licenses of 30MHz will be

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

Wireless Applications and Opportunities – A Push-Pull Relationship with Health Care

Important opportunities to improve health care for both curative and preventive purposes are being developed that are aimed at improving connectivity and communication between patients and their care providers. These opportunities necessarily include as one element connectivity to and from medical devices and systems.

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.