Independent Communications Authority
Timeframes for the consideration and adjudication of applications on the licensing process for international mobile telecommunications in respect of the provision of mobile broadband wireless access services for urban and rural areas using the complimentary bands, IMT700, IMT800, IMT2600 and IMT3500 have been amended.
The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) published the invitation to apply in Government Gazette 43768 in October 2020.
The invitation pointed out that South Africa experiences continued growth in demand for more spectrum due to significant growth in traffic.
“To address South Africa’s bandwidth deficiency, the currently assigned bandwidth of 609 MHz high-demand spectrum will be increased to 1015 MHz through the current assignment processes.”
ICASA holds the view that the licensing of IMT700, IMT800, IMT2600 and IMT3500 will contribute a significant bandwidth towards achieving the SA Connect targets.
The amendment of the timeframes was published in Gazette 44180.
The Announcement of Qualified Bidders is now set for 23 March 2021 with the Auction Stage, which includes the Bidder Seminar and Mock Auction and the Start of the Auction, to occur by 31 March 2021.