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ICASA Releases National Radio Frequency Plan 2021

March 29, 2022

Independent Communications Authority

The National Radio Frequency Plan 2021 (NRFP-21) has been published.

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) published the Plan in Government Gazette 46088 in terms of the Electronic Communications Act.

The NRFP-21 allocates the Radio Frequency Spectrum to radio services in the frequency bands between 8.3 kHz and 3000 GHz.

ICASA points out that all frequency assignments must be in accordance with the National Radio Frequency Plan.

NRFP-21 incorporates decisions taken by the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC-19).

“The revision reflects the 2020 version of the ITU Radio Regulations edition, including the frequency allocations relevant to Region 1 and its associated footnotes. It also includes updates on the Table of Frequency Allocations extending up to 3000 GHz and South African National Footnotes.”

Updates and amendments, inter alia, implemented in NRFP-21 include:

• National footnotes have been revised;
• The resolutions and decisions taken by World Radiocommunication Conferences preceding WRC-19;
• The resolutions and decisions taken by the WRC-19, as ratified by South Africa have been reflected;
• Incorporated references to the SADC Frequency Allocation Plan (FAP) and SADC Harmonised Guidelines; and
• Incorporated the published Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans where applicable.