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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has rubbished claims from MTN that there will be “digital load-shedding” when the regulator takes back temporary radio frequency spectrum on 30 November. “This concept of a ‘digital load-shedding’ is unsubstantiated,” Icasa chair Keabetswe Modimoeng said during a recent interview with Newzroom Afrika. “I’m actually battling to...

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The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has agreed to award an extra 5MHz of wireless spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands to the country’s largest cellular operator MTN. The firm says it needs the additional frequencies to increase its network capacity and improve quality of service (QoS). The award is conditional on MTN upgrading its entire network to...

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The latest developments concerning the drawn-out spectrum process won’t detract the ongoing engagementswith telcos and other relevant parties to find an amicable solution, says new communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. Yesterday, telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) confirmed it had not reached a settlement agreement in the ongoing spectrum litigation. As a result, ICASA said it’s decided...

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the country’s communications regulator, has announced that it will not be publishing invitations to apply (ITA) to participate in the long-awaited auction of high-demand spectrum in South Africa. ICASA says that the move was made to avoid a lengthy court battle against several litigators that had issues...

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the ongoing amendments of telecom operators’ Annual Operating Levy Regulations (AOL) and the Frequency Spectrum fee and price is to bring the regulations in line with current realities and sustain the contributions of the communications sector to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). If the amendments are concluded,...