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National Radio Frequency Plan 2021 Drawn Up

July 13, 2021

Independent Communications Authority

The Draft National Radio Frequency Plan 2021 (NRFP-21) has been drawn up.

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) published the draft plan in Government Gazette 44822 for comment.

It was drafted in terms of the Electronic Communications Act.

The draft NRFP-21 allocates the Radio Frequency Spectrum to Radio Services in the Frequency Bands between 8.3 kHz and 3000 GHz.

According to ICASA, all frequency assignments must be in accordance with the National Radio Frequency Plan.

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

ICASA aims to update the NRFP when necessary, in order to keep the plan current with due regard given to the current and future usage of the radio frequency spectrum.

Updates and amendments implemented in the draft NRFP-21 include the revision of national footnotes; resolutions and decisions taken by World Radiocommunication Conferences preceding WRC-19; resolutions and decisions taken by the WRC-19, as ratified by South Africa and references to the SADC Frequency Allocation Plan and SADC Harmonised Guidelines incorporated.

Comment is invited until 27 August 2021.

Public hearings are scheduled for 7-9 September 2021.