SA’s Communications Watchdog Implements Its Spectrum Licensing Plan

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) said on Thursday it will, before the end of 2019, publish the Information Memorandum on the licensing process for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum or what is also referred to as high demand spectrum.

This follows the publication of the Policy on High Demand Spectrum and Policy Direction on the Licensing of a Wireless Open Access Network (the Policy Direction) by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies.

The Information Memorandum is also intended to provide guidance to stakeholders and prospective applicants on the process and criteria to be applied by the Authority in the licensing of the spectrum.

“Through the publication of the Information Memorandum, the Authority further provides an opportunity to stakeholders and prospective applicants alike to make inputs and representations on the proposed licensing process, associated criteria and timelines”, says Dr. Keabetswe Modimoeng, ICASA Acting Chairperson.

The publication of the Information Memorandum is an important step in the licensing process for the ultimate release of the high demand spectrum in order to give effect to government’s policy objectives of ensuring broadband access for all, a transformation of the ICT sector, lower data costs, promote competition and ensure inclusive economic growth.

“The licensing of high demand spectrum is one of the critical components to facilitate deployment of digital infrastructure to ensure that all South Africans realise and participate meaningfully in the opportunities emanating from the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, concludes Dr. Modimoeng.

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