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South Africa wants faster broadband licences

There are complaints about South Africa’s ICASA regarding the length of time the media regulator is taking to issue network and service licences for broadband operators. South Africa’s Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) says that ICASA is undermining the sectors growth and development. ISPA, which has about 220 members (mainly ISPs), said that it wants […]

January 30, 2023By Chris Forrester

ICASA readies for increase in broadband demand

South Africa’s media and communications regulator, ICASA, has identified seven spectrum bands for auction and subsequent licensing for 4G/5G and future mobile telecoms services. The seven bands are the first new cellular frequencies made available in South Africa for some 15 years. The seven bands are: · IMT700: 703-733MHz and 758-788MHz · IMT750: 733-758MHz · […]

January 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

ICASA frees up spectrum for WiFi

South Africa’s media and broadcast regulator ICASA wants to make additional radio frequency spectrum available for WiFi broadband. ICASA is proposing an amendment to current regulations and has issued a draft amendment for stakeholder comments. The key proposal states: “The authority is proposing the incorporation of the key lower 6GHz band (5.925MHz to 6.425MHz) as […]

December 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

Report: Which technology will connect African homes?

In November 2022, Paratus Zambia, a pan-African broadband connectivity company, announced that it had signed an agreement with Meta to build 900 kilometres of fibre optic cable across 10 Zambian cities by the end of 2023. The demand for connectivity has been accelerating in Africa for several years now, reports Dataxis. Yet, the pandemic between […]

November 23, 2022

South Africa ponders spectrum trading

South Africa’s minister of communications Mrs Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has published the government’s draft proposals for trading of cellular frequency spectrum in the country. The new proposals, which have been discussed for years, are contained in a draft ‘next-generation radio frequency spectrum’ policy document, which was published for public comment. Linked to the suggestions are proposed […]

September 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

e.tv: “ICASA has failed to regulate market”

Independent South African broadcaster e.tv is accusing the nation’s regulator ICASA of permitting the State-owned transmission company Sentech to abuse it monopoly. The row emerged during a public meeting organised by ICASA and where e-tv’s and eMedia executives severely criticised the ICASA regulator of ignoring for the past 12 years to correctly manage the situation […]

August 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

ICASA names acting CEO

The Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced the appointment of Nkhetheleni Norman Gidi as its Acting Chief Executive Officer, effective from September 1st to November 30th 2022, or until a permanent appointment has been made. The appointment of Gidi follows the announcement of the end of term of office […]

August 24, 2022

ICASA to create more broadband spectrum

ICASA, South Africa’s communications regulator, has started the process to make more spectrum available for the nation’s broadband demands. Specifically, ICASA has published an “information memorandum” in the Government’s official gazette setting out its plans to initiate a “second phase” of spectrum licensing in the so-called “low and mid radio frequency bands”. These radio bands, […]

August 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

ICASA CEO steps down

The CEO of South Africa’s communications regulator ICASA, Willington Ngwepe, is stepping down and says he will not be available at the end of his current term in office. Ngwepe will leave on October 15th. His departure follows on from that of ICASA’s chairman, Keabetswe Modimoeng, who also stepped aside earlier than expected. “Ngwepe has […]

August 12, 2022By Chris Forrester

Complaints over South Africa TV transmission costs

There are a number of complaints coming from public and private broadcasters that Sentech, the provider of TV signals around South Africa, is overcharging and using anti-competitive behaviour. Public broadcaster SABC, itself financially challenged, has argued to the media regulator ICASA that publicly-owned Sentech, as a monopoly, is guilty of excessive pricing. Private broadcaster E-tv’s […]

August 9, 2022By Chris Forrester