South Africa: ICASA Excuses Delay With Spectrum Invitation
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has confirmed that there would be a ‘slight’ delay in the publication of the ‘Invitation To Apply’ for the wholesale open-access network and the international mobile telecommunications (IMT) spectrum licences.
ICASA, in a statement, said although it has made “extensive progress” in making ready the invitation to apply for both licensing processes, it has also realised there are additional issues and considerations that it must pay attention to as well, according to ICASA’s acting chairperson, Dinakatso Qocha.
The South African regulator has plans to auction its IMT spectrum - also known as high-demand spectrum - in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz bands.
The communication and broadcasting regulator has reassured the industry of its commitment to releasing spectrum that will benefit society, and that it sees high-demand spectrum as critical to the development of digital infrastructure and the consummation of the digital economy and the fourth industrial revolution.
Credit: contribution from itweb.co.za