CompCom to announce decision on Vodacom-Rain roaming deal soon

12 Jun 2018

South Africa’s Competition Commission (CompCom) is in the final stages of its investigation into a roaming deal between South African mobile operator Vodacom and 4G LTE operator Rain (previously Multisource/WBS Group), with a decision expected to be announced soon, TechCentral writes. The investigation was initiated following complaints from rival operators Cell C and MTN to the Independent Communications Authority South Africa (ICASA) and the CompCom that the deal gives Vodacom ‘unlawful’ access to Rain’s 1800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum, even in areas where Vodacom has good coverage. Rain CEO Willem Roos said his company received a letter from the CompCom last week, in which the commission expressed the opinion that the agreement ‘does not in any way constitute Vodacom controlling Rain, which is fundamentally the issue at the heart of the whole story.’ The executive added that all equipment deployed is owned by Rain: ‘We control that network, and Vodacom also roams on that network, but it is a well thought through agreement and we have gone through all the legalities to ensure we comply with all regulations. We were quite happy that the Competition Commission agreed with us in that respect … From our point of view, that issue has been resolved.’