spectrum auction

  1. Jan

    Spectrum showdown

    Goliath vs Goliath vs Goliath — South Africa’s spectrum showdown Battle lines have been drawn over the heated issue of cellular network capacity in South Africa. In the one corner — South Africa’s incumbent and partially state-owned telecommunications network operator Telkom.
  2. Jan

    Vodacom files court papers opposing Telkom's interdict of spectrum auction

    Vodacom joins fight against Telkom Vodacom has filed papers in the Pretoria High Court to oppose Telkom’s application for an urgent interdict against the spectrum auction that industry regulator Icasa wants to hold on 8 March 2022. Telkom approached the Pretoria High Court last week Tuesday to...
  3. Jan

    MTN is opposing Telkom's spectrum auction challenge

    MTN files High Court papers against Telkom MTN has filed papers to oppose Telkom's urgent application to block South Africa's spectrum auction from going ahead on 8 March 2022. Radio frequency spectrum is the raw network capacity that cellular network operators use to communicate between...
  4. Jan

    Telkom launched a pre-emptive legal strike to selfishly serve its bottom-line - Icasa

    Telkom launched "pre-emptive strike" — serves "narrow and selfish commercial interests" The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) tore into Telkom on Wednesday after the network operator filed papers in the Pretoria High Court to once again block the auctioning of...
  5. Jan

    Telkom "concerned" about WOAN exclusion from spectrum ITA

    Telkom slams new spectrum auction Telkom has expressed misgivings about a new auction process announced by industry regulator Icasa on Friday. "Telkom notes the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) statement on the publication of the Invitation to Apply (ITA) in respect...
  6. Jan

    Spectrum auction set for 8 March 2022

    Icasa announces spectrum auction dates The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has issued the final Invitation To Apply (ITA) for the licencing of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum, also known as high-demand spectrum. The deadline to apply for...
  7. Jan

    MTN South Africa sells its towers for R6.4 billion - plans to buy spectrum with the money

    MTN sells its towers in South Africa MTN has announced that its South African division has finalised a transaction to sell and leaseback 5,709 of its towers—comprising around 4,000 greenfield and 1,700 rooftop sites—to IHS Towers for about R6.4 billion. Proceeds will be reinvested into...
  8. Jan

    Icasa reveals temporary spectrum solution - networks must reapply

    South Africa's cellular networks must reapply for temporary spectrum The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that it will reassign temporary radio frequency spectrum given to cellular network operators at the start of South Africa's Covid-19 epidemic...
  9. Jan

    Telkom asks Icasa for more 2300Mhz spectrum and wants to give back its 2400MHz

    Telkom applies for extra 4G spectrum The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published an application from Telkom for extra capacity for its cellular network. Telkom is asking for an additional 27 megahertz (MHz) of bandwidth in the 2300MHz spectrum band it...
  10. Jan

    Government considering plan for interim spectrum assignments

    South Africa's networks may get stopgap spectrum The South African government is mulling a plan to temporarily issue sought-after radiofrequency spectrum to cellular network operators while a new spectrum auction process runs its course. South Africa’s recently-minted communications minister...
  11. Jan

    Telkom declares victory as spectrum auction delayed... again

    Back to square one for spectrum auction — Telkom declares victory Telkom says it has been victorious in challenging the approach used by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to issue precious radio frequency spectrum and licence a national wholesale open access network...
  12. Jan

    Rain’s valuation drops to R16.357 billion

    Rain’s valuation takes a hit — but it is still over R16 billion African Rainbow Capital (ARC) released its financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2021, which revealed that it values Rain at R16.357 billion. ARC owns a 20.26% stake in Rain, down from 20.7% a year ago. The value of its...
  13. Jan

    Icasa is admitting its spectrum ITA was "irredeemably flawed" - Telkom

    Spectrum auction for South Africa's cellular networks was "irredeemably flawed" Telkom says that Icasa’s decision to have its Invitation to Apply for sought-after radio frequency spectrum set aside is an admission that the process was “irredeemably flawed”. This comes after the Independent...
  14. Jan

    Release of spectrum delayed by greed and corruption - Mboweni

    Greed and corruption blocked cheaper data prices in South Africa The release of essential radio frequency spectrum in South Africa has been delayed by greed and corruption, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni told the SABC. According to SABC’s programme “The Watchdog”, the Minister said the...
  15. Hanno Labuschagne

    Why Telkom is fighting against the spectrum auction

    Why Telkom is fighting against the spectrum auction Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko has revealed that they are fighting against the spectrum auction in its current format because they will bid and pay for sub-1GHz spectrum which they cannot use. Vodacom and MTN, in comparison, will be able to use the...
  16. Hanno Labuschagne

    ICASA will launch urgent appeal against spectrum auction interdict

    ICASA will launch urgent appeal against spectrum auction interdict The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will launch an urgent appeal against the North Gauteng High Court’s decision to grant Telkom and Etv an interdict against the high demand spectrum auction. ICASA...
  17. J

    Legal battles could spell problems for spectrum auction

    Legal battles could spell problems for spectrum auction The legal battles over the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)'s proposed spectrum auction could cause the allocation of new spectrum to be delayed until after March 2022. In a briefing to the parliamentary...
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