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In a dramatic turn of events in the long-drawn-out process of licensing broadband spectrum in South Africa, Telkom has proposed withdrawing an urgent application to interdict communications regulator Icasa at the high court. Communication from Telkom’s attorneys to those that are party to the litigation, dated 18 January and seen by TechCentral, shows the company now...

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MTN has filed papers to oppose rival Telkom’s urgent application to interdict ICASA from proceeding with Invitations To Apply (ITAs) for IMT spectrum. Icasa published the final ITA on 10 December 2021, giving stakeholders until 31 January to submit their applications. MTN South Africa CEO Charles Molapisi said: ‘While the current ITA is not perfect, we believe the regulator has tried to strike a delicate balance for all...

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The new crisis that was looming on the horizon between telecom operators and the regulator has been avoided. After consultation, the two parties found common ground on the operation of the telecom frequencies granted during the Covid-19 crisis. Telecom operators MTN, Vodacom Telkom and even Cell C, Rain Networks and Liquid Intelligent Technologies will use the...

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Communications regulator Icasa has licensed “provisional” spectrum to telecommunications operators, ahead of an end-of-the-month deadline to do so, in the process resolving the threat of legal action. The regulator said on Friday that it has awarded the provisional spectrum in terms of the Covid-19 state of disaster regulations to the six operators that requested access. The...

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Algeria’s independent telecoms watchdog the Authority for Regulation of Post and Electronic Communications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Communications Electroniques, ARPCE) has awarded extra 900MHz mobile spectrum to the country’s three cellular network operators. In a brief statement on its website the regulator said that it assigned additional frequencies in the E-GSM band (880MHz-890MHz/925MHz-935MHz)...

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E Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has reportedly given its final approval for the use of new spectrum by three of the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs), namely Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat Misr and Telecom Egpyt. According to local press outlet Ahram Online, which cites a statement issued by the regulator, all three cellcos will...

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Icasa is making steady progress in meeting the requirements for holding a long-anticipated spectrum auction next year. On Tuesday, the communications regulator published an updated Information Memorandum (IM) on the licensing of “high-demand spectrum” for a second round of consultation. “This publication of the IM is another critical consultative process Icasa is undertaking in the continued...

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After a year and a half of preparation, Nigeria is on the verge of joining the list of African countries where 5G is operational. The Ministry of Communications and the Digital Economy and the telecoms regulator have worked hard to materialize this qualitative leap. The Communications Commission of Nigeria (NCC) announced on Saturday, November 6, the...

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Communications regulator Icasa is moving to defuse the looming court battle over its planned withdrawal of Covid-19 temporary spectrum by raising the possibility of assigning what it’s calling “provisional spectrum” on a fairer basis to telecommunications operators. The move comes 10 days before the high court in Pretoria is expected to hear arguments from Telkom, Vodacom...

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Communications Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni is talking to the regulator and mobile operators to find an amicable solution to the legal battle around temporary spectrum. The minister’s intervention comes after Telkom, MTN, and Vodacom have launched legal action against the regulator’s decision to take back the temporary spectrum. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) assigned temporary radio...