Spectrum Management

Apr 23, 2021  |  Ghana: Broadcaster Association Demands Shift Of Spectrum Distribution Power

Following BMA yesterday reporting on the shutdown of 49 unlicenced tv stations, The Ghana Independent Broadcaster Association (GIBA) has called on the government to allocate the management powers of radio and television spectrum to The National Media Commission (NMC) as ...


Apr 15, 2021  |  South Africa: Spectrum Auction Plans Shrouded In Uncertainty - Reports

To recall, in March 2021, the Pretoria High Court halted the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (ICASA) planned spectrum auction and licencing what was due to commence on 31 March 2021.  The halt was an outcome of the court ...


Mar 29, 2021  |  South Africa: ICASA Extends Emergency Spectrum Allocation By Two Months

Industry sources are reporting that as a result of an interdict initiated by Telkom and e.tv, which prevents the occurrence of the previously planned spectrum auction, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has extended its temporary spectrum allocation ...


Mar 25, 2021  |  ZICTA Awards MTN Zambia US$13.5million For Additional Spectrum

Industry reports have indicated that MTN Zambia has secured a US$13.5 million deal to provide additional spectrum in the country. According to these industry reports, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) awarded the country’s largest operator, MTN Zambia, ...


South Africa: Regulator's Spectrum Auction Approach Considered "Unlawful"

According to a report supplied to journalists by High Court Judge Selby Baqwa, Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) unlawfully amended the rules for the radio frequency spectrum auction without the necessary consultations, making the entire process unlawful. The process ...

South Africa: ICASA Prepares To Appeal Court’s Spectrum Ruling

South African regulator of the broadcasting, electronic communications and postal services sectors in South Africa, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), is preparing to appeal to the interdiction passed on Monday by the North Gauteng High Court. Telkom filed ...

Telkom Draws First Victory - SA's Spectrum Auction Is Placed On Hold!

The much-anticipated spectrum auction planned for later this month has been placed on hold after Telkom and e.tv secured a favourable judgment against ICASA, allowing their case to be presented at the Pretoria High Court.  This judgment comes as ICASA ...

South Africa: Industry Body Calls For Urgent Mediation To Resolve Spectrum Impasse

As some telecoms and media services providers in South Africa continue to face-off with the Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) over the upcoming spectrum auction, an influential industry body, the Internet Services Provider Association (ISPA), has urged the 'warring' parties to ...

South Africa: ICASA Will Announce Bidders Of 4 and 5G Spectrum Next Month

ICASA (The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) has announced that it will now only be announcing the bidders for its forthcoming spectrum auction on the 23rd March 2021. In a stakeholder advisory statement released by the South African industry ...

South Africa: ICASA Freezes 5G Spectrum "Because Of Satellite Static"

In South Africa, ICASA (the Independent Communications Authority) has announced a suspension on new spectrum assignment in the 3.6 - 3.8Ghz band, stopping new acquisition of spectrum licenses in the band.   According to ICASA, the spectrum freeze order was ...

ZAMBIA: Regulators Auctioning New Spectrum To Bolster Internet Penetration

ZICTA (the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Regulatory Authority) has announced plans to auction a new 20Mhz frequency spectrum within the 800Mhz band and has confirmed that the bids for it will close on March 2nd 2021.   ZICTA has ...

"South Africa Regulator Is Slicing Spectrum Like Salami!" - Says Telkom

ICASA (The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) - the agency that regulates all things telecoms and broadcasting in South Africa has been accused of slicing up the 3.5GHz spectrum "like a salami to be shared between interested parties".   ...

SA's Spectrum Saga Continues As Vodacom Warns Against Further Delays

In South Africa, the planned spectrum allocation by the Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) seems to be tying itself up in knots and creating heavy-levels of confusion and frustration among stakeholders, with Shameel Joosub, the CEO of Vodacom being the latest ...

Spectrum: Telkom Has No 'Locus Standi' With Lawsuit, Says ICASA Chair

The chairperson of the Independent  Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Mr Keabetswe Modimoeng, has charged back at Telkom South Africa (a leading telecoms and media services provider) for seeking a court injunction to stop ICASA from moving forward with ...