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The Internet Service Providers’ Association (Ispa) on Thursday called for mediation, rather than litigation, to resolve the stand-off between communications regulator Icasa and telecommunications operators over the looming spectrum auction. Both Telkom and MTN South Africa have sued the regulator for different reasons. Telkom is seeking an interdict to stop the process while its concerns are...

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Telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) remains resolute and will defend the high-demand spectrum licensing process every step of the way, says chairperson Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng. Modimoeng was addressing the litigation challenges ICASA currently faces, noting he cannot give too much detail on the various litigation positions, as this is still before...

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Zambia’s telecommunications regulator has announced plans to issue a new 20MHz frequency spectrum in the 800MHz band with bidding scheduled to end on 2 March 2021. According to the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Regulatory Authority (ZICTA), the licence’s reserve price is US$12.5-million and eligible bidders must have an electronic communication network license in the...

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The demand for quality telecom services has been growing in Zambia since 2017, especially in rural areas. The regulator who wants to respond effectively has decided to make new telecom resources available to operators. The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Regulatory Authority (Zicta) is releasing a new 20MHz frequency spectrum in the 800MHz band. The reserve price...

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A request for applications for additional spectrum in the 800MHz band has been published by the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA). Having previously determined that the frequencies in question are in ‘very high demand’ and as such, subject to ’a restricted granting procedure’, the regulator has confirmed it is offering a 2×10MHz block...

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Airtel Africa has announced that an application for the renewal of its Nigerian subsidiary’s spectrum licences has been approved by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Airtel Nigeria’s 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum licences were due to expire on 30 November 2021 but have now been extended for a further ten years, to 30 November 2031. Under...

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has messed up the definition of Tier-1 and Tier-2 operators in its current spectrum auction process, which has resulted in a legal challenge from MTN. ICASA published its Invitation to Apply (ITA) notice on 2 October 2020 to invite applications for new spectrum in the IMT700, IMT800, IMT2600,...