Despite totally opposing views on Huawei, US and South African telecom regulators have decided to learn from each other. The two bodies thus express the importance they attach to the development of their respective telecoms market, where 5G is already accessible to consumers.
The South African Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) and the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) virtually signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday, April 8. Non-binding, it focuses on the exchange of ideas in the field of telecommunications regulation and policy.
ICASA President Keabetswe Modimoeng said, “This is a momentous collaboration that illustrates the confidence that our global counterparts have in ICASA. This collaboration places the Authority on a solid foundation to implement international best practices, cutting-edge regulatory approaches and further validate South Africa’s position in the global ICT arena ”.
The signing of the memorandum of understanding between ICASA and the FCC comes in a context still marked by American attempts to unite the telecoms markets in Europe, Africa and even Asia against Huawei. South Africa has always openly assumed its trust in China’s technological society.
ICASA noted that the two regulators have agreed to implement a program of information exchange and technical cooperation in the field of telecommunications and related services and facilities, in accordance with their national and international laws, regulations and obligations. respective, and within the framework of their annual budget and mandate.