Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

4G/5G

SA regulator receives six applications for spectrum

PRETORIA, South Africa The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has received six applications in respect of the International Mobile Telecommunications spectrum licensing process today marking an important and critical step towards the auctioning of high-demand spectrum in March 2022.

The following applications were received by the closing date and time, in the order of submission:

  • Cell C
  • MTN
  • Vodacom
  • Telkom
  • Rain Networks
  • Liquid Telecom
  • In terms of the published timetable for this licensing process, the Authority will announce the qualified bidders on 21 February 2022.

    This will mark the next critical milestone in the effort of the Authority to finally release this much-needed economic stimulus input.

    The Chairperson of ICASA, Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng expresses his utmost gratitude to all applicants, and encourages them to continue supporting this process until its completion.

    "We thank all applicants for participating in the process. We intend to finally see the licensing of high-demand spectrum through to completion to ensure that all South Africans have access to a wide range of communications services, including data services, at affordable prices," said Dr Modimoeng.

    Furthermore, the chairperson urges all role players to align their interests with their patriotic spirit, and to allow this critical regulatory intervention to be completed.

    "We value each milestone in this process, especially considering the mammoth legal challenges we have encountered along the way. Ultimately, public interest should prevail, as this process will yield positive spinoffs for the industry and society at large," concluded Dr Modimoeng.

    Related posts:

    Innovation hub

    Story

    Visa shortlists fintech startups for accelerator program

    Payments giant Visa has announced the 18 startups from sub-Saharan Africa that were shortlisted for the second cohort of its Africa Fintech Accelerator program.

    Story

    Leveraging agritech to build resilience against climate change

    ICT analyst Francis Hook discusses agritech in Africa and how the agricultural sector is using technology to build resilience against the negative effects of climate change and to ensure food security.

    More Innovation hub

    Latest video

    More videos

    Partner perspectives

    All Partner Perspectives

    Sponsored video

    More videos

    Industry announcements

    More Industry announcements

    Upcoming events

    Africa Tech Festival 2024
    November 11-14, 2024
    Cape Town, South Africa
    More Upcoming events

    Africa Tech Perspectives

    Story

    Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

    Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.

    Story

    The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

    A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.

    Story

    Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

    New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

    More Africa Tech perspectives

    Guest Perspectives

    Story

    Leveraging agritech to build resilience against climate change

    By Francis Hook

    ICT analyst Francis Hook discusses agritech in Africa and how the agricultural sector is using technology to build resilience against the negative effects of climate change and to ensure food security.

    Story

    Omdia View: March 2024

    By Omdia Analysts

    The failure of four out of the five submarine cables deployed on the western shore of Africa in March 2024 led to a massive Internet outage across several countries. The outage fueled demand for satellite broadband, with SpaceX's Starlink becoming increasingly popular. That and more 5G and streaming news in the latest Omdia View.

    More Guest Perspectives

    Like us on Facebook

    Newsletter Sign Up


    Sign Up
    Tag id test-002