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Icasa complains over “illegal” Starlink connections

Icasa, South Africa’s communications regulator, is complaining about grey market Starlink dish sales in South Africa. Starlink is not licensed in the country. Icasa says such sales are illegal and “must stop immediately”. Icasa believes that dishes and modems are being brought into South Africa from neighbouring countries where they are licensed to operate. Starlink […]

November 30, 2023By Chris Forrester

South Africa: Telkom seeks spectrum auction delay

South African telco Telkom has asked communications regulator Icasa to delay its upcoming spectrum auction because it fears it doesn’t have the funds to participate. Icasa sold off a batch of frequencies in 2022 for 4G and 5G services which resulted in Telkom’s rivals (MTN and Vodacom) obtaining significant allocations. Icasa had planned to hold […]

November 22, 2023By Chris Forrester

South Africa: Broadcasters give up digital frequencies

South Africa’s new Minister of Communications, Mondli Gungubele, has updated parliament on the latest plans for digital broadcasting in the country. The new date is that analogue frequencies must be vacated by July 31st and ready for digital transmissions as well as an ending of any remaining dual illumination by the end of 2024. The […]

June 19, 2023By Chris Forrester

ICASA opens up 6GHz band for WiFi

South Africa’s media and communications regulator, ICASA, has allocated a large slice of the nation’s 6GHz ban for WiFi usage. ICASA’s intention is to help current wireless ISPs that use unregulated spectrum to offer licensed Internet services into businesses and homes, while home users should benefit from improved throughput over their home networks – provided […]

May 25, 2023By Chris Forrester

ICASA denies stymying Starlink

ICASA, South Africa’s telecoms and media regulator, says it is still awaiting a formal licence application from SpaceX, and is not responsible for delays to the Elon Musk-backed business in South Africa. Local reports say that ICASA has “no record” of any SpaceX application which would need to cover radio frequency spectrum or individual network […]

April 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

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