The Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, has issued a gazette to extend the date for public comment on the two policy directions that relate to two frequency bands to 29 February 2012.
This extension follows an announcement in early January that the deadline for public comment on its draft spectrum policy was moved from 13 January 2012 to 31 January 2012.
“The frequency bands that are open for public comment are the 2.6GHz Band and 800MHz band, also known as the High Demand and Digital Dividend, respectively,” the communications department pointed out in a press statement.
Spectrum in the 2.6 GHz and 800MHz bands is seen as crucial to roll out LTE services to businesses and consumers in South Africa.
Until the DoC’s policy is finalised, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) can’t proceed with its plans to license high-demand spectrum in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands.