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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.  

25 Feb

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.

22 Feb

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.

22 Feb

Local 5G subscribers to top 11m in four years

Although 5G is in its infancy in SA, it could see 11 million subscribers and 43% population coverage in the next four years, says Africa Analysis.


Malema casts doubt on Ramaphosa’s spectrum auction plans

The Economic Freedom Fighters bemoans the lack of progress in allocating spectrum, warning that if corruption influences the process, data costs will remain high.

Jan 29, 2021

ICASA takes on MTN as spectrum battles heat up

The authority is reviewing the litigation on spectrum brought by MTN and has instructed its legal representatives to oppose the application.

Jan 29, 2021

MTN, Telkom accused of bullying over spectrum litigation

For the first time, big telcos look like they are on the back foot and because they have the resources to challenge the process, they are doing so, say analysts.

Jan 11, 2021

Telkom partly withdraws spectrum legal bid

ICASA announced that Telkom has withdrawn “Part A” of its court application against the authority.

Nov 23, 2020

Spectrum allocation now critical, analysts warn ICASA

Telecoms experts say the sustainability of price reductions will depend on the market structure the regulatory authorities create with spectrum allocations.

Oct 8, 2020

WOAN will change status quo in telecoms industry, says minister

Communications and digital technologies minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams believes the wholesale open access network will address past imbalances in the sector.

Sep 4, 2020

Telkom boss Maseko seeks innovative WOAN auction

The telco wants the regulator to consider the impact of current spectrum trading deals in the design of the upcoming auction.

Aug 13, 2020

Vodacom, MTN want lower spectrum prices to cover rural areas

With the promise of permanent spectrum by the end of the year, the operators say lower spectrum prices would incentivise greater coverage of rural areas.

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