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The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) plans to issue an invitation to apply (ITA) for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum, commonly known as high-demand spectrum, at the end of this financial quarter (end of June). ICASA revealed this timeline during its briefing to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications on the licensing of high-demand spectrum,...

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To accommodate the surge in internet traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo has directed the Ministry of Communications to extend the spectrum of networks belonging to MTN and Vodafone, at no cost to the service providers. Ghana’s Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said the restriction of movements in the country has led...

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Communications regulator Icasa has refused to budge on its decision to “expropriate” a portion of Telkom’s spectrum assets, describing the allegations made by the telecommunications operator as “spurious”. TechCentral broke the news on Monday that Telkom had accused Icasa of expropriating its radio frequency assets in its allocation of emergency temporary spectrum to operators last week to provide...

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Telkom has accused communications regulator Icasa of expropriating its radio frequency assets in its allocation of emergency temporary spectrum to operators last week to provide relief during the national Covid-19 crisis. The company has told TechCentral that Icasa allocated spectrum in the 2.3GHz band on a temporary basis that it already has exclusive rights to. It...

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Communications regulator Icasa on Friday said it had provided emergency temporary spectrum relief to operators during the Covid-19 crisis, in line with government regulations. Spectrum in five bands has been awarded to Vodacom, MTN, Telkom, Rain and Liquid Telecom. TechCentral asked South Africa’s largest mobile operator, Vodacom, which has received relief in the 700/800MHz, 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz...

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Communications regulator Icasa has assigned emergency temporary spectrum to telecommunications operators to deal with network demand during the Covid-19 crisis. Icasa has assigned spectrum blocks in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz bands – the same frequencies it intends auctioning off later this year. “Of all applications received, only 17 were found to be in...

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Ghana’s telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (NCA) has temporarily granted Vodafone and MTN Ghana additional spectrum to help them cope with a significant increase in internet traffic during the country’s COVID-19 lockdown, reports Ghana Web citing communications minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful. According to the minister, the additional spectrum has been granted to the country’s two largest mobile network...

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Communications regulator Icasa has received “about 35” applications for access to temporary high-demand spectrum, it said on Friday. The authority invited applications this week for access to the spectrum after communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said government would move to open key spectrum bands to alleviate demand for broadband services during the country’s Covid-19 lockdown. Icasa plans to temporarily...

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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...