Vodacom says lack of spectrum led to Neotel deal

Wednesday 21 May 2014 | 09:55 CET | News
Vodacom South Africa says delays by government in creating a policy for the licensing of additional spectrum needed to build next-generation mobile broadband networks forced the operator into buying rival Neotel, Techcentral reported. CEO Shameel Joosub said MTN's current negotiations about a tie-up with Telkom and Vodacom's offer to buy Neotel are about the industry making a plan in the absence of government action.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: MTN South Africa / MultiChoice / NeoTel / Telkom / Vodacom South Africa
Countries: South Africa
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