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

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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 currently uses for its 4G network.
 

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Im confused about something.

Given how important connectivity is, especially in such a sparsely populated area like this country, why is it even a request-based and problematic issue? Surely ICASA should be dishing out spectrum en-masse as available to telco's because the aim is to have the most coverage at the cheapest rates into the hands of as many South Africans as humanly possible?

It just seems to always be a red-tape and fighting issue for this. We only have +/- 5 big companies who need it right? Surely we didn't run out?
 

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Im confused about something.

Given how important connectivity is, especially in such a sparsely populated area like this country, why is it even a request-based and problematic issue? Surely ICASA should be dishing out spectrum en-masse as available to telco's because the aim is to have the most coverage at the cheapest rates into the hands of as many South Africans as humanly possible?

It just seems to always be a red-tape and fighting issue for this. We only have +/- 5 big companies who need it right? Surely we didn't run out?

The average voter doesn't seem to mind, so here we are.
 

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Is there anything that can be done in this country without getting the courts involved?
 

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Im confused about something.

Given how important connectivity is, especially in such a sparsely populated area like this country, why is it even a request-based and problematic issue? Surely ICASA should be dishing out spectrum en-masse as available to telco's because the aim is to have the most coverage at the cheapest rates into the hands of as many South Africans as humanly possible?

It just seems to always be a red-tape and fighting issue for this. We only have +/- 5 big companies who need it right? Surely we didn't run out?
The Gov wants the billions of Rands from the auctions, if they ever happen

Unfortunately there is also not a lot of available spectrum in the correct bands

In the USA they are negotiating with the satellite operators to swap / release some of their spectrum for 5G
 

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Its interesting that Telkom wants to swap 40Mhz on 2400 for 27Mhz on 2300 (from memory)

Would the 2300Mhz offer a larger single channel reducing the need for CA (Carrier Aggregation)?
 
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