The country’s communications watchdog, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), has today officially invited telcos such as Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom, etc, to apply for 4G licenses to provide much-needed broadband services.
Applicants will be vying to apply for the radio frequency spectrum licenses within the designated range: the 2.6GHz band and the 800 MHz band and the 700MHz band for the purposes of providing national broadband wireless access services.
ICASA issued an invitation to apply for the spectrum on Friday morning.
The regulator said the main aim of licensing the spectrum was to ensure nationwide broadband access for all citizens by 2020 in line with the National Development Plan (NDP) and SA Connect Policy.
South Africa experiences continued growth in demand for more spectrum as a result of significant growth in data traffic.
ICASA believes that mobile telecommunication technologies are a critical component in achieving the goal of ‘broadband for all citizens’ in South Africa. ICASA is therefore inviting applications for prospective licensees for the licensing process of the IMT spectrum.