South Africa: Regulator releases more spectrum for Wi-Fi connectivity in the 6 GHz band

Like all other African countries, South Africa is facing a growing demand for high-speed connectivity in a context of accelerated digital transformation. Data service providers need more capacity to meet this demand.  The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has released the lower part of the 6 GHz radio frequency band (5925-6425 MHz) for the...

South Africa: Icasa opens big chunk of 6GHz band to Wi-Fi

In a boon to wireless internet service providers, communications regulator Icasa has officially opened a big portion of the 6GHz band to Wi-Fi applications. The move, which comes after Icasa introduced draft amendments to regulations at the end of last year, will help wireless ISPs that use unregulated spectrum to offer internet services into businesses and homes, while home users...

Icasa has a new acting chair

The acting chairman of Icasa, Charley Lewis, has stepped down from the role but will remain on the communications regulator’s decision-making council. Icasa said on Monday that Yolisa Kedama has been appointed as the new acting chair, effective from 4 April to 30 September, unless a full-time chair is appointed in the interim. An Icasa spokeswoman said...

South Africa: ICASA in bid to boost WiFi uptake in SA

Telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has set the ball rolling to boost WiFi availability and uptake across the country. This, after the regulator recently published the Draft Amendment Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations, 2022. In a statement, ICASA says the amendment regulations include an updated list of radio apparatus whose use...

South Africa: ICASA gets four new councillors

Communications regulator Icasa has sworn in four new councillors to its powerful decision-making council. The councillors joined the regulator on Tuesday following an interview process by parliament and their subsequent appointment by communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. The new councillors are: Thabisa Faye, who leads an ICT consultancy called Pygma Consulting; Catherine Mushi, who left her role...

ICASA to Hold Virtual Public Hearings on Subscriber Service Charter Amendment Regulations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has announced that they are going to host public hearings on Subscriber Service Charter Amendment Regulations. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa will hold virtual public hearings in relation to the written representations received following the publication of the Draft End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Amendment Regulations...

Icasa names interim CEO

Communications regulator Icasa has appointed Norman Gidi as acting CEO from 1 September. This comes as current CEO Willington Ngwepe packs his bags for a top job at MTN Group. Gidi will be in the acting CEO role until end-November, or until a permanent appointment has been made, Icasa said in a statement on Tuesday. “Advocate...

Icasa moves to license more broadband spectrum

The communications regulator on Wednesday began the process of making more radio frequency spectrum available to telecommunications operators wanting to provide broadband services. Communications regulator Icasa on Wednesday kicked off the process of making more radio frequency spectrum available to telecommunications operators wanting to provide broadband services. This comes just months after Icasa concluded a successful...

South Africa: ICASA at loggerheads with ISPs over licensing confusion

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is at odds with internet service providers (ISPs) over the confusion relating to licensees entering into transactions which affect their ownership structure. In a recent statement, the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), which represents the majority of local ISPs, says at the heart of this confusion is...

Mixed reaction as chairperson Modimoeng departs ICASA

Outgoing Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) chairperson Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng has been lauded for overseeing the country’s historic spectrum auction process. However, small, micro and medium entities (SMMEs) are not impressed with how he handled the wholesale open access network (WOAN). ITWeb asked local industry players about Modimoeng’s legacy after the telecoms regulator...

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