spectrum auction

  1. Hanno Labuschagne

    Cell C could lose new spectrum after failing to pay — Report

    Cell C could lose new spectrum after failing to pay — Report Cell C must still pay R288.2 million for the spectrum it acquired in an auction held a year and a half ago, Business Times reports. Several unnamed sources told the publication that Cell C had failed to pay for its new spectrum...
  2. Jan

    Icasa published information memorandum to release more spectrum

    Icasa gears up to release more spectrum for South Africa's mobile networks The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published an information memorandum regarding licensing additional radio frequency spectrum for mobile networks. Icasa said it intends to release...
  3. Hanno Labuschagne

    Icasa says spectrum settlement with Telkom strikes balance

    Icasa says spectrum settlement with Telkom strikes balance The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has said that its out-of-court settlement with Telkom showed there must be attempts to balance commercial interests with the public good. Icasa and Telkom told the Sunday...
  4. Hanno Labuschagne

    What the spectrum auction will mean for VoIP services

    What the spectrum auction will mean for VoIP services The availability of more radio frequency spectrum for mobile network operators in South Africa will be a big boost to voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) adoption. That is according to two prominent VoIP service providers in South Africa...
  5. Jan

    Icasa buys time for spectrum fights to play out

    Full analogue TV switch-off delayed The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has effectively delayed the complete switch-off of analogue TV with the announcement of a “transition period”. Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has set the switch-off date for 31...
  6. Jan

    Telkom confirms it will challenge spectrum auction in court

    Telkom doubles down Telkom has informed shareholders that it will continue its legal fight against the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) over its spectrum auction. Icasa concluded its spectrum auction on 17 March 2022, with South Africa’s mobile network operators...
  7. Hanno Labuschagne

    Telkom has been cornered

    Telkom has been cornered Most of South Africa’s cellular industry is taking a victory lap after bidding in the country’s first-ever auction for radio frequency spectrum. Vodacom, MTN, Rain, Liquid, Cell C (with caveats) — everyone is rejoicing, congratulating industry regulator Icasa and...
  8. Jan

    Ramaphosa talks up spectrum auction success

    Expect lower data prices — Ramaphosa President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that licensing of new radio frequency spectrum is expected to reduce mobile data prices, expand network coverage to rural and outlying areas, and improve cellular network quality. “Every South African who uses a mobile...
  9. Hanno Labuschagne

    Spectrum auction delays cost SA years of cheaper data

    Spectrum auction delays cost SA years of cheaper data The viability of offering services on a mobile radio-telecommunication network depends on the availability of electromagnetic spectrum in a band of frequencies which can be used for transmitting signals, and the cost of developing a network...
  10. Jan

    Spectrum auction could run for weeks - over R8 billion bid so far

    South Africa's mobile networks have bid over R8 billion in spectrum auction The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that South Africa’s mobile network operators have already bid R8 billion in its radio frequency spectrum auction. Icasa also confirmed that...
  11. Jan

    Rain and Telkom win spectrum in Opt-In Auction round

    Rain and Telkom the first spectrum winners — blow R2.7 billion Rain and Telkom were the first winners in South Africa’s radio frequency spectrum auction, and Cell C the first loser. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) kicked off its spectrum auction on Tuesday with...
  12. Jan

    Icasa announces all operators that applied for spectrum qualified for auction

    These are the 6 mobile operators that qualify for South Africa's network capacity auction The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has announced that all six mobile network operators that applied for new radio frequency spectrum have qualified to participate in its auction...
  13. Jan

    SONA 2022 - More big broadband promises from Ramaphosa

    Back to the Future — Ramaphosa's big broadband promises President Ramaphosa has promised that the government will facilitate broadband rollout by establishing a standard model for municipal approvals. Fibre and mobile network operators must apply for permits from municipalities to dig trenches...
  14. Jan

    Icasa says spectrum auction will go ahead

    Bring it on — Icasa to Telkom The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is forging ahead with plans to auction off sought-after radio frequency spectrum. This is despite threats from Telkom that it would reinstate an application to interdict the auction if Icasa did not...
  15. Jan

    Spectrum auction court dates set

    South Africa's big network capacity fight — court dates set The Pretoria High Court will hear arguments in Telkom’s case against the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) over the auctioning of long-awaited radio frequency spectrum on 11–14 April 2022. The Acting Judge...
  16. Jan

    Icasa received six spectrum applications by deadline

    Six network operators apply for 4G and 5G network capacity Cell C MTN Vodacom Telkom Rain Networks Liquid Intelligent Technologies
  17. Jan

    Telkom sub-1GHz interference map shows one reason it is fighting the auction

    Spectrum chaos in South Africa Telkom says that while trying to use emergency network capacity handed out at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it ran into significant problems. MyBroadband spoke to Telkom’s head of network planning and engineering Lebo Masalesa, who explained that “digital...
  18. Jan

    Telkom temporarily removes interdict application against spectrum auction from court roll

    Telkom drops interdict against network capacity auction — for now Partially state-owned network operator Telkom says it reached an agreement with respondents to its court application against an auction of radio frequency spectrum set for 8 March. This comes after Telkom asked the respondents...
  19. 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.
  20. 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...
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