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May 12, 2020  |  Zimbabwe: Regulator Grants Free Temporary Spectrum To Telcos To Boost Data Capacity - Reports

The Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has reportedly allocated the nation’s three mobile network operators free spectrum until the end of the year as part of its measures to ensure affordable data to the consumers in the ...


Apr 29, 2020  |  Ghana To Allocate Additional Spectrum To MTN And Vodafone Amid COVID-19

To accommodate the sudden surge in internet traffic during the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo has instructed the Ministry of Communications to allocate additional spectrum to MTN and Vodafone, free of charge. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghana’s Communications Minister, said ...


Apr 21, 2020  |  MTN South Africa Will Begin To Use Additional Spectrum In Six Weeks - Reports

MTN South Africa has announced that it will be ready to use the additional spectrum allocated to it by the communications regulator ICASA within the next four to six weeks. Last week ICASA revealed that it had allocated temporary spectrum ...


Apr 20, 2020  |  Vodacom Welcomes ICASA’s Allocation Of Temporary Spectrum In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has allocated temporary spectrum to, among other recipients, MTN, Vodacom, Rain, Telkom and Liquid Telecom according to a report from ITWeb. The regulator has responded to 35 applications amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) ...


Ghana: Govt Allocates Free Spectrum To MTN And Vodafone For COVID-19 Period

Ghana’s Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has revealed that the government had through the National Communication Authority (NCA) given spectrum to telcos in Ghana so that they may provide improved internet services during the COVID-19 period. Owusu-Ekuful told the press ...

South Africa: ICASA Receives Applications For Allocation Of Temporary Spectrum

South Africa’s telecoms regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), said that it had received approximately 35 applications for temporary allocation of radio frequency spectrum to improve communications during the national lockdown. In March, the government had instructed ...

Nigerian Communications Commission Drafts Guidelines For Use Of TV White Spaces

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has put together guidelines for the use of Television White Spaces (TVWS) to benefit rural broadband connectivity in Nigeria. The regulatory body in charge of Nigeria’s communications industry said that it had developed the guidelines in collaboration ...

ICASA Finally Edges Towards Spectrum Allocation In South Africa

South Africa is finally making its way towards the much-awaited allocation of high-demand spectrum, with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) revealing that a document containing licencing criteria would be released by the end of the year. The ...

NCC Threatens To Imprison Illegal Users Of 5.4GHz Frequency Band In Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has threatened to imprison and fine companies who illegally occupy the 5.4GHz frequency band in Nigeria. The Commission has gone as far as saying that it will even confiscate equipment being used by some of ...

High Cost Of Spectrum Leaves Millions Unconnected In Africa -GSMA Report

According to a new report by the GSMA, the negative impacts of the high cost of spectrum on consumers can no longer be disregarded. The GSMA released the report titled ‘The Impact of Spectrum Prices on Consumers’ at the ITU ...

Nigeria Explores The Potentials Of Spectrum For Economic Growth

Spectrum is more than just the core component of the telecommunications industry; it is also a significant contributor to the African economy. As a scarce resource, the manner in which it is allocated determines whether it will lead to significant ...

South Africa’s Telcos Give Mixed Reactions To New Spectrum Directive

There has been mixed reactions from South Africa’s mobile operators, but also a sense of optimism, as they ponder the implications of the new policy directive on spectrum allocation recently announced by the country’s Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, ...

South Africa Delays Anticipated Spectrum Auction

The South African government has published a policy directive that announces that it will now allow smaller telecommunications companies to share in the national wireless network, a move that further delays the nation’s long-awaited spectrum auction. Vodacom and MTN, the ...

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 ...