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ICASA returns fire in spectrum spat

South Africa’s media and telecoms regulator, ICASA, has slammed telco Telkom for delaying a planned spectrum auction. “The authority is not surprised by Telkom’s relentless resort to litigation, the conduct stretching back seven years or more ago,” ICASA said in a statement. “Telkom appears hellbent on stalling the authority’s every effort to licence the high-demand […]

January 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Telkom challenges ICASA spectrum auction

South Africa’s Telkom has thrown the regulator ICASA’s planned spectrum auction into considerable confusion. Telkom has filed a formal objection with the country’s high court over ICASA’s planned auction saying that it is not satisfied with the way ICASA is managing the process. The auction was due to open in March. According to the filing, […]

January 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

FCC facilitates satellite broadband competition

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed revisions to its rules for spectrum sharing among non-geostationary satellite orbit, fixed-satellite service (NGSO FSS) systems. The proposed revisions would seek to facilitate the deployment of the new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite systems, including new competitors. According to the FCC, the new generation low-Earth orbit satellite systems […]

December 15, 2021By Colin Mann

South Africa issues 4G/5G spectrum

South Africa’s regulator, ICASA, has issued a fresh set of licences for 4G and 5G broadband expansion. The move was expected and comes ahead of a new auction of spectrum scheduled for Q1/2022. The issue of this temporary spectrum was made in response to legal threats from the cellular industry which is hard pressed to […]

December 13, 2021By Chris Forrester

Antrix, Devas litigation rumbles on

The very long-running dispute between India’s ISRO Antrix commercial division and a (then) satellite agreement with Devas Multimedia, commenced in 2005, continues to very slowly process through various courts and administrations. In essence, Devas has been awarded $1.2 billion, plus interest, in compensation by an international tribunal. The latest chapter saw Antrix saying in a […]

December 3, 2021

ICASA awards cellular spectrum

South Africa’s telecoms regulator ICASA has made a number of provisional cellular spectrum awards. The licences are only good for seven months (starting on December 1st) and reflect the challenges created by the pandemic and the recommendation that people work from home. The provisional licences are until June 30th 2022, or three months after the […]

November 30, 2021By Chris Forrester


MEDIAGENIX adds a new dimension to its Media Business Management Platform WHATS’ON with the launch of WHATS’ON HIVE, a modular cloud platform that seamlessly expands the rich WHATS’ON ecosystem. At IBC 2021 MEDIAGENIX will showcase a lean content supply chain that elegantly connects strategic, planning and execution workflows around one source-of-truth by leveraging a series […]

November 17, 2021

ICASA telco writs get scrubbed

South Africa’s communications regulator ICASA was due to face a slew of court actions starting November 15th over spectrum allocations. The actions were cancelled. The legal actions had started and included Telkom, Rain, Vodacom and MTN. The softening comes about because ICASA has now licensed “provisional” spectrum in place of temporary allocations which have been […]

November 16, 2021By Chris Forrester

Analysis: Spectrum proceeds to drive sat-op growth

The Satellite Industry Financial Analysis, 11th Edition from satellite and space sector research and consulting firm NSR projects the global satcom industry contracted by 2.3 per cent in FY2020 to $13.4 billion (€11.6bn). While continuing sector trends such as a weakening DTH sector and COVID-19 impacts on aeronautical and maritime markets drove declines, enhanced revenue […]

November 3, 2021By Colin Mann

ICASA slammed over spectrum ‘load shedding’

South Africa suffers regular electricity load shedding, where local power supplies are cut during heavy demand. Now the country’s business leaders are arguing with regulator ICASA that much the same risks apply to spectrum bandwidth. Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) head Busi Mavuso said that if ICASA proceeds with its plan to take back temporarily […]

September 24, 2021By Chris Forrester