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Telecoms regulator ICASA recently published its ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations, which give guidelines on the temporary assignment of spectrum. This spectrum will be released for the duration of the national state of disaster and is expected to ease network congestion. It should also enable operators to maintain the quality of broadband services and lower...

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Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said on Wednesday that communications regulator Icasa will make additional radio frequency spectrum available to operators to ensure networks can cope with increased demand during the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. “One envisages a situation where there will be too much traffic on the network,” the minister said at an inter-ministerial...

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South Africa will use money from the sale of broadband spectrum and mining royalties to establish a R30-billion sovereign wealth fund, finance minister Tito Mboweni said. “A sovereign wealth fund is an important long-term tool for saving and investment for future generations,” Mboweni told MPs on Wednesday in his annual budget speech. “It can also contribute...

Airtel Tanzania, the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has been allocated an additional 2×10MHz of spectrum in the 1800MHz band, at an annual cost of USD600,000. The latest award brings Airtel’s total allocation to 2×22.5MHz in the 1800MHz band. In addition, Airtel Tanzania has been authorised by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)...

The competition watchdog drew a line in the sand on Monday when it released its final data market inquiry report, with far-reaching recommendations such as that the big two mobile network providers, Vodacom and MTN, reduce their prices. Vodacom was the first to respond, saying the Competition Commission had “downplayed” the importance of the delayed release...

Ahead of the publication later on Monday by the Competition Commission of its final report flowing from its inquiry into the data services market, communications regulator Icasa has said there is insufficient competition in aspects of the delivery of mobile broadband in South Africa. In a discussion document (PDF) on its market inquiry into mobile broadband services in...