Access Alert | South Africa Releases IMT Spectrum Auction Dates

Access Alert | South Africa Releases IMT Spectrum Auction Dates

In March 2021, the North Gauteng High Court barred telecommunications regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) from auctioning the International Mobile Technologies (IMT)  frequency spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 2600 MHz and 3500 MHz bands. The release of spectrum was expected by the end of March 2021 but telecommunications company Telkom and independent broadcaster e.tv had managed, successfully, to interdict the process.

In September 2021, an order granted by the court ended the litigation instituted against ICASA by Telkom and e.tv. ICASA has consequently, announced new dates for the auction of high demand IMT spectrum, which should be auctioned by March 2022. Public consultation will take place until the November 29, 2021.

The industry has stated that the extension of IMT spectrum will assist them with the rollout of 5G and reduce data prices (South Africa has some of the world’s most expensive data prices.) An update on Wholesale Open Access Network (WOAN) was also given. Consideration for the WOAN licences are open from October 1, 2021, until the May 13, 2022.

Related Articles

Telesemana | Using Antitrust Policy to Scrutinize Big Tech: Developments in Latin America

Telesemana | Using Antitrust Policy to Scrutinize Big Tech: Developments in Latin America

Over the last year, the so-called Big Tech have been the target of increased scrutiny from lawmakers and competition authorities...

20 Oct 2021 Opinion
El Pais | Connectivity Plans for Digital Transformation

El Pais | Connectivity Plans for Digital Transformation

Digital transformation, including the appropriation of digital technologies, must be strategically planned. This means defining the final objective of digital...

20 Oct 2021 Opinion
UK’s 10 Year Plan to Become Global AI Superpower

UK’s 10 Year Plan to Become Global AI Superpower

The UK recently published its National AI Strategy, detailing its plan to become a leading global AI superpower within the...

30 Sep 2021 Opinion
UN General Assembly: What to Expect in Digital Policy

UN General Assembly: What to Expect in Digital Policy

‘Our Common Agenda’, published on September 10, outlines a vision for the UN over the next 25 years, addressing sustainability,...

29 Sep 2021 Opinion