Digital Migration

South Africa Communications Regulator Postpones Spectrum Auction

ICASA, the South Africa communications regulator, has announced via a Government Gazette that it will be postponing the planned auction of the Spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz and 2,6GHz bands "until further notice".

Watchers are asking whether this move has anything to do with the ongoing legal challenge from the ministry of telecommunications and postal services.

Should ICASA go ahead with the planned spectrum auction, it would have been in direct contradiction to SA's national integrated ICT policy whereby the government will allocate high-demand spectrum for 4G and 5G networks to a single wholesale network provider on an open access basis.

Sources, however, have confirmed that ongoing discussions are underway to resolve the conflict and smooth over differences.


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