A total of six applications have been received by The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in response to the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum issued by the regulator in late 2020.
The carriers that have submitted applications are all existing operators on the market including Cell C, Rain Networks, Vodacom, Telkom, Liquid Telecoms and MTN.
The Chairperson of ICASA, Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng said, “The Council of the Authority is indeed grateful to all applicants who responded to this call for the licensing of high demand spectrum. We are ready and committed in ensuring that we take the necessary care; and that the release of the spectrum and this process in general is indeed procedurally fair and non-discriminatory.”
In terms of the ITA, ICASA has made available the IMT spectrum bands in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 2600MHz, and 3500MHz bands for assignment to qualifying applicants.
“The Authority remains committed to defend this important process against any form of litigation, with a full appreciation of what the benefits of licensing high demand spectrum will be for consumers and the public at large. We are unwavering in this regard”, concludes Dr Modimoeng.