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South Africa’s Final Spectrum Policy To Be Issued Soon -Minister

After many years of delays, South Africa’s long-anticipated final policy directive on spectrum allocation will be released to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) any day now.

The announcement was made recently by the country’s Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

The minister issued a statement saying that preparations are underway for the World Radio Conference that will be held in Egypt in October this year and that the new spectrum policy would need to be in place before then.

The licensing of the high-demand spectrum would be critical in lessening resource constraints that are experienced by mobile operators. It would also enable the transformation of a historically closed market, and level the playing field by allowing the entry of new companies into the market.

Furthermore, it would contribute to reducing the cost of communication.

Over the past few years, South Africa’s mobile operators who are desperate for the spectrum allocations have been expressing their concerns over the delays as the shortage of spectrum is preventing them from providing high-quality services and lowering costs.

South Africa’s telecoms industry has long been uncertain and unable to efficiently install the latest technology that is necessary to meet the rapidly increasing demand for connectivity, mainly because of the delayed spectrum policy.

The industry awaits the policy directive with bated breath as it would represent a massive leap towards success in a digital ecosystem.

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