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Industry players “should not see and should not even plan” their business models around the temporary spectrum they were assigned, warns Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) chairperson Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng. Modimoeng issued the warning yesterday during ICASA’s briefing on its 2021/22 annual performance plan before Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications. Responding to whether the...

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Ericsson and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) have committed to a MoU governing the rollout of spectrum recommendations to transform Africa into a knowledge economy. The recommendations are designed to help fast-track the development and application of technologies that boost connectivity and innovation. According to the company and organisation, in Africa, a limited amount of spectrum is...

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The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has awarded the country’s largest operator, MTN Zambia, additional spectrum at a cost of US$13.5-million to improve the quality of its voice and data services. The additional spectrum, on the 800MHz frequency band, will reinforce the operator’s existing spectrum resources and utilisation. In a statement, ZICTA said...

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MTN Nigeria has acquired an additional 10MHz spectrum from the 800MHz band from Intercellular Nigeria Limited. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved the transaction and assigned the frequency to MTN Nigeria. The acquisition is expected to improve customer experience, “in line with our commitment to deliver excellent service quality to our subscribers,” the telco...

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The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) is amenable to a settlement discussion over the spectrum allocation, but remains adamant it is not open to mediation over the long-awaited process. The regulator’s plans to auction the spectrum later this month suffered a major setback last week, when it was interdicted by the North Gauteng High...

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MTN Nigeria has acquired additional 10MHz spectrum in the 800MHz band from Lagos-based telecommunications firm Intercellular Nigeria Limited. According to a brief statement released by MTN, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved the transaction and assigned the frequency to MTN Nigeria. “The acquisition will significantly improve customer experience, in line with our commitment to...