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ICASA eyes March 2022 for expedited spectrum licensing

The telecoms regulator sets a March 2022 deadline for the licensing of high-demand spectrum and the wholesale open access network.


Lower returns push Patrice Motsepe’s ARC out of Metrofibre

Investment holding company African Rainbow Capital is offloading its 8.7% interest in Metrofibre, which is valued at R268 million.


ICASA fails to reach out of court settlement with spectrum litigants

Despite the parties’ best efforts, a comprehensive settlement has not been achieved at this stage, says the telecoms regulator.

Aug 30, 2021

ICASA calls on operators to return temporary spectrum

The regulator says the temporary radio frequency spectrum assigned to licensees must be returned to the authority by no later than 30 November.

Jul 6, 2021

Spectrum court case shelved amid settlement negotiations

The Independent Communications Authority of SA opens the doors for settlement negotiations rather than continuing with the spectrum court challenge.

Jun 18, 2021

Massive surge in 5G subscriptions predicted in 2021

Ericsson projects 5G mobile subscriptions will exceed 580 million by year-end, driven by an estimated one million new subscriptions every day.

Jun 10, 2021

President Ramaphosa wants spectrum impasse resolved soon

The president calls for mediation in the legal disputes that have held back the country’s spectrum auction process.


Free Market Foundation wants temporary spectrum to stay

Withdrawing temporary spectrum would violate ICASA’s constitutional obligations and may lead to protracted litigation, warns the Free Market Foundation.

May 14, 2021

5G shifts global smartphone user behaviour

Users worldwide spend more time with cloud gaming and augmented reality, while 20% decrease usage of WiFi on their phones at home, says a report.


We can’t negotiate spectrum licensing, says ICASA chairperson

The telecoms regulator vows to defend the high-demand spectrum licensing process every step of the way, amid an ongoing legal tug-of-war.  

Feb 25, 2021

Access to spectrum is a ‘lifeline’, says Cell C CFO

The mobile operator plans to apply for high-demand spectrum and wants to see the application process happen as quickly as possible, says CFO Zafar Mahomed.

Feb 22, 2021

Licensing of high-demand spectrum imminent, says ICASA

The regulator stresses that the mock auction and the actual auction will commence by 31 March 2021.

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