Big telcos want more spectrum amid pushback request

As the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) prioritises auctioning more spectrum early next year, some mobile network operators (MNOs) are keenly awaiting the assignment of additional spectrum. After last year’s “historic” auction, ICASA earmarked 2024 to complete the next phase of the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum licensing. The licensing process is availing...

MTN blasts Telkom call for spectrum auction delay

MTN South Africa has blasted rival Telkom’s call for a delay to 2025 to communications regulator Icasa’s next broadband spectrum auction. Telkom on Tuesday said it had asked Icasa to postpone its next spectrum auction until 2025 because it was worried it wouldn’t be able to afford to participate. After a 15-year delay caused in large part by...

Nigerian telcos demand reassessment of spectrum licencing

Nigerian telecom providers have requested that the licencing system and pricing methodology for 5G spectrum be reviewed. ALTON, the Association of Licenced Telecom Operators of Nigeria, recently met with Bosun Tijani, the new minister of communications, innovation, and digital economy, to discuss the industry concerns. Tijani encouraged the telecom to be inventive and reach the...

Namibia: CRAN awards 5G licences to Telecom Namibia, MTC and Loc8 Mobile

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has awarded 5G licences to mobile network operators Telecom Namibia (TN) and Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC), and local ISP Loc8 Mobile following the regulator’s auction of 700MHz and 800MHz spectrum last week, which generated approximately NAD28.6 million (USD1.47 million). Loc8 Mobile paid NAD5.1 million to secure Lot A (2×20MHz, 703MHz-723MHz/758MHz-778MHz,...

Cell C hasn’t paid its spectrum auction bill: report

The Sunday Times is reporting (paywall) that Cell C has failed to cough up the R288-million it owes communications regulator Icasa for its successful participation in last year’s spectrum auction. During the auction, held last March, Cell C successfully bid R288-million – the second least of all the operators participating – for a 10MHz sliver of spectrum in the...

MTN acquires more spectrum in Nigeria

MTN, Africa’s biggest mobile operator, has acquired additional spectrum in Nigeria, its biggest market on the continent. The Johannesburg-headquartered telecommunications company announced the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved the transfer and assignment of the 10MHz frequency division duplex (FDD) in the 2.6GHz spectrum band from OpenSkys to MTN Nigeria. The effective date for the...

Ethiopia: ECA consults on proposed fees for spectrum and communications service licences

A consultation on proposed fees for communications licences and annual usage fees for radio spectrum has been launched by the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA). Having published its proposed ‘Communications Services and Licence Fee Directive,’ the regulator has called for comments from stakeholders by a deadline of 15 June 2023. Among the notable proposals, with regards...

Uganda kicks off 5G spectrum sale

The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has invited applications for its planned sale of 5G spectrum, which it hopes to complete by mid-August. Spectrum is being offered in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz, 3.3GHz, 3.5GHz, 5GHz and E-band (71GHz-76GHz, 81GHz-86GHz) ranges. The sale is open to both National Telecom Operator (NTO) licensees and Regional Public Infrastructure...

South Africa: Regulator releases more spectrum for Wi-Fi connectivity in the 6 GHz band

Like all other African countries, South Africa is facing a growing demand for high-speed connectivity in a context of accelerated digital transformation. Data service providers need more capacity to meet this demand.  The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has released the lower part of the 6 GHz radio frequency band (5925-6425 MHz) for the...

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