Who rules the waves?
I was under the impression that ICASA rules the airwaves, but it appears our friendly incumbent telecoms operator is still under the impression that it does.
Some time ago new technology was introduced to provide for CANs (Campus Area Networks) in the form of laser link (as it is commonly known). Laser devices configured in direct line of site can transmit network traffic up to 4 kms at better than WAN speeds. Brilliant technology that allows a business to exend its LAN to the office up the street, or halfway across town.
In the early days, the problem was, no data carrying medium was allowed to cross a publlic space, until the recent deregulation of certain telecomunications regulations. Laser links were snapped up and installed all over the place, and for good reason too, they work like a charm.
Until this week that is. The aforementioned telecoms operator has apparently tried to put a stop to certain installations of these devices. What`s puzzling is that one organisation affected by this is simply trying to increase the bandwidth and fault tolerance of the existing laser link by installing another. The initial installation I should point out, was undertaken with the approval of ICASA. Hence my question: Who is calling the shots?
Go ahead, I say. The telecoms operator is no longer the regulator, and the decision was made to allow these devices anyway. Anyone else out there that has had a similar experience?