US planning for 5G, while South Africa still waiting for 4G/LTE spectrum

While the United States is planning to open spectrum for 5G networks, South African operators are still waiting for 4G/LTE spectrum.

Reuters reported that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will soon vote on new rules to identify and open spectrum for 5G wireless applications.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Reuters that if the FCC “approves my proposal next month, the United States will be the first country in the world to open up high-band spectrum for 5G networks.”

In South Africa, a lack of spectrum is severely hurting the roll-out of broadband.

The challenges in handing out spectrum are caused by slow policy progress at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the delay in digital TV migration.

On 17 June, South Africa missed the International Telecommunications Union’s deadline to migrate to digital broadcasting.

South Africa initially planned to complete the digital migration process by November 2011, which shows just how poorly this process was handled.

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