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Communications regulator Icasa has vetted and approved all six companies that have bid to take part in next month’s radio frequency spectrum auction for mobile broadband services. Vodacom, MTN, Telkom, Cell C, Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Rain have all successfully qualified to take part in the auction, which Icasa hopes to hold next month despite pending...

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Spectrum allocation will come with social responsibilities and obligations to ensure citizens are connected. This was revealed by communications and digital technologies minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni during yesterday’s State of the Nation Address debate at Cape Town City Hall. Ntshavheni was remarking on the president’s pronouncement that the spectrum auction by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa...

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Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has announced the allocation of new spectrum in the 2600MHz range to Orange Egypt. In a press release the regulator confirmed it had awarded a total of 30MHz in the 2600MHz band, in return for which Orange Egypt had agreed to pay USD440 million. The allocation comes after all...

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Six companies, including Telkom, have applied to participate in the disputed upcoming auction by communications regulator Icasa of radio frequency spectrum. Applications, under the invitation to apply that is currently the subject of a court application by Telkom, closed at 4pm on Monday. The following companies submitted applications by the deadline: Cell C Liquid Intelligent Technologies...

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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...