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ICASA Places Moratorium on Radio Frequency Spectrum Applications

February 19, 2021

Independent Communications Authority

A moratorium on applications for radio frequency spectrum assignments in radio frequency spectrum bands identified for implementation of the IMT systems and the 3600-3800 MHz radio frequency spectrum band is in place.

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) announced the moratorium in Government Gazette 44167 in terms of the Electronic Communications Act.

ICASA points out that the success of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) 2020 networks is dependent on harmonised mobile spectrum across three categories of frequency bands, namely, sub-1 GHz, 1-6 GHz and above 6 GHz.

ICASA added that sharing and compatibility studies with primary services are being conducted in the 3600-3800 MHz band with the view of identifying this band for IMT service at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2023.

Complaints are also being received regarding harmful interference caused to primary services such as satellite downlinks in the 3600-3800 MHz band.

In accordance with the moratorium, ICASA will not consider or process any new applications for radio frequency spectrum assignments in the identified radio frequency spectrum bands.

The moratorium took effect on the date of publication.