ISPA requests wholesale mobile broadband offers from cellcos

27 Feb 2015

South Africa’s Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has called on the domestic telecoms operators to bring down the cost of mobile broadband by introducing wholesale mobile data products that internet service provider (ISPs) could resell, TechCentral reports. ‘The absence of a wholesale mobile data offering constitutes a lost business opportunity for mobile operators and an obstacle to deepening broadband penetration’, the association said in a statement. Further, ISPA has called on telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to intervene and enable a simple resale model for mobile data in order to stimulate the same sort of consumer-friendly competition as in the fixed-line broadband space, arguing that ‘when a genuine wholesale offering is made, such as the one jointly developed between cellco MTN and ISP Afrihost, consumers receive immediate price benefits.’