SA’s Communications Watchdog Collects R14.4 Billion Proceeds From Spectrum Auctions

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South Africa’s communications watchdog announced today that it had successfully concluded the much-anticipated high-demand radio frequency spectrum auction.

The auction involved six qualified bidders: Cell C, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, MTN, Rain Networks, Telkom and Vodacom.

The revenue collected from this auction totals more than R14.4 billion, which will go to the national fiscus.

This is the total amount generated from the Opt-In phase auction, which took place on 8 March 2022, and the main auction stage, which commenced on 10 March 2022 and concluded today, 17 March 2022.

The main auction stage comprised 58 rounds of bidding between the six bidders.

ICASA further confirms that there was one unsold spectrum lot of 2x10MHz in the IMT800 Band. This lot will still be licensed by ICASA in future.

The next stage in the auction process will be the assignment round, which is purely
an administrative process and will be held on Tuesday, 22 March 2022, to determine
the actual spectrum ranges to be assigned for all the lots bought in the various
bands.

The Chairperson of ICASA Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng expresses his gratitude to all
the bidders for their cooperation and participation in the auction.

He further expresses his utmost gratitude to the government of the Republic and the entire
South African society for their support throughout this complex process.

“This was our inaugural radio frequency spectrum auction, and we are really grateful
to have reached this stage without any hassles and challenges from the first day of
the actual auction to date. This shows South Africa’s capability as an investmentfriendly destination,” says Dr Modimoeng.

The Chairperson further thanks all members of the ICASA staff who were actively
involved in this process for their stamina and commitment to ensuring that this
licensing process completes successfully.

“These members of our staff did this for the country, and they must be hailed for the
successful conclusion thereof. We look forward to all South Africans benefitting from
the dividends of these regulatory interventions, and to seeing the proceeds of the
auction being put to good use for the benefit of all South Africans.

This auction was indeed in the best interest of all South Africans, as will be the subsequent licensing interventions post government’s revision of the Wireless Open Access Network
(WOAN) Policy” concludes Dr Modimoeng.

The table below provides details of various assignments following the conclusion of the auction.

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