South Africa Wants To Speed Up Licensing of Spectrum

Spectrum-starved operators will welcome the news by Ramaphosa to fast-track the licensing of spectrum.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is walking a tight on land reform. GCIS
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is walking a tight on land reform. GCIS

South Africa’s government wants to speed up the licensing of delayed much-needed radio frequency spectrum to mobile operators.

Speaking at the opening of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference in Durban on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said government will  accelerate the licensing spectrum.

“Government has recently decided to accelerate the licensing of the radio frequency spectrum in the 2.6 gigahertz, the 700 megahertz and the 800 megahertz band to hasten the growth of mobile telecommunications,” he said.

Owning the rights to radio frequency spectrum above a given territory is a valuable asset. Spectrum are those radio frequencies that data service providers, including radio stations, internet service providers, mobile operators, etc. use to ‘transport’ their services to consumers.

It is considered to be “the lifeblood of the industry” by experts, and without it there can simply be no information and communication technologies (ICT) innovation

Organized by ITU, the UN’s lead agency for information and telecommunications technologies (ICTs), ITU Telecom World is a global platform for governments, corporates and tech SMEs working to accelerate ICT innovation for social and economic development. It aims to make ideas go further, faster to make the world better, sooner.

ITU Telecom World 2018 is hosted by the Government of the Republic of South Africa, and takes place from 10 – 13 September at the Durban International Conference Center in Durban, South Africa, a key regional commercial and technological hub.

Spectrum-starved operators will welcome the news by Ramaphosa to fast-track the licensing of spectrum.

The latest draft (PDF) of the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill proposes that spectrum licences can be traded in the country.

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