The problem of dropped cell phone calls and text messages is caused by over-subscription of the mobile networks – and the consequences of this scenario during next year's soccer world cup tournament could be disastrous, says Icasa (Independent Communications Authority of SA) chairman Paris Mashile.

Speaking at this morning's Mail & Guardian Business Breakfast sponsored by Neotel, Mashile placed the blame for dropped calls or "network busy" signals on the mobile networks being over-subscribed, and failing to provide extra transmission capacity.
Mashile adds that he fears for the 2010 Soccer World Cup tournament if a similar scenario plays out.
"I hope they will provide mobile base stations to cater for all the traffic coming from the stadia," he says.
Mashile adds that, to win the World Cup from FIFA, network providers promised to provide the infrastructure required to meet all the communications needs of the event.