CRAN holds telecommunications dominance public hearing

January 21, 2016, 10:55am

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) held a public hearing on the determination of licenses holding a dominant position in the telecommunications market.

It is a statutory requirement that a public hearing must be hosted by CRAN in order to identify dominant licensees, and a Public Hearing must happen every three years.

Festus Mbandeka, the CEO of the CRAN said in a speech at the public hearing, “The platform will provide stakeholders an opportunity to argue their case and raise their views, facts and opinions on whether a certain licensee should or should not be categorised as a dominant player.”

After conducting a study of the telecommunications market in Namibia last year, CRAN identified vast differences between the dominant players in the market between 2015 and 2015.

Mbandeka said, “This study differed significantly from the one conducted in 2012 indicating that Namibia has a vibrant and changing telecommunications market and CRAN therefore had to relook markets within the ambient of the Act.”

Mbandeka stressed the importance of determining licenses for dominant players for both the market and the consumer.

“Regulators name dominant players in the market so as to better safeguard fair competition for all players, especially the smaller industry participants,” he said.

“It is through the heightened regulation of licensees that hold a dominant position in the market that consumers and industry can equally benefit. Consumers can benefit through the direct result of affordable user prices, better products, and services. This effort also creates an efficient market investment,” he continued.