MeerKAT & SKA

2021-09-01T11:47:13+02:00Sep 1st, 2021|frequency, snippets|

Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act - Promulgation - Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas ICASA Media Release on the potential impact of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act, 2007 on existing and future frequency spectrum licensees (September 2010) Declaration of Areas to be Core Astronomy Advantage Areas in terms of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act, 2007 (August 2010) [...]

ICASA 5G Forum

2021-07-25T13:56:24+02:00Jul 25th, 2021|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[25 July 2021] ICASA have published a useful annual report providing an analysis and evaluation of the current status, readiness, and prospects for 5G in South Africa. ICASA 2021 5G Annual Report: The State of 5G in South Africa - From Readiness to Recommendations  The report is informed by a stakeholder survey, conducted amongst the [...]

National Radio Frequency Plan for South Africa

2021-07-09T20:15:47+02:00Jul 7th, 2021|frequency, snippets|

[9 July 2021] ICASA has published a new set of draft amendments to the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) for public comment. Draft National Radio Frequency Plan 2021 for Public Consultation Written submissions must be submitted for the attention of by no later than 16h00 on Friday, 27 August 2021. Public hearings will be held [...]

ICASA

2021-07-26T16:58:53+02:00May 28th, 2021|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[28 May 2021] ICASA has published the updated ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations. ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Fifth Amendment Regulations ___ [28 April 2021] ICASA has published its review of the ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations for public comment. Draft ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations ICASA publishes a Call for Comments on the ICT [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2021-06-29T16:51:42+02:00Apr 10th, 2021|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[10 April 2021] Rain has filed its replying affidavit to the MTN application: Seventh Respondent Answering Affidavit __ [28 March 2021] ICASA has filed its notice of its application for leave to appeal the judgement of the High Court in favour of Telkom together with supporting documents: ICASA Notice of Application for Leave to [...]

Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN)

2021-04-06T20:10:04+02:00Apr 6th, 2021|frequency, resources, snippets|

[6 April 2021] ICASA published a notice on 31 March 2021 confirming that the closing date for responses to its Invitation to Apply (ITA) for an individual electronic communications network service licence and radio frequency spectrum licence for the wireless open access network (WOAN) has been suspended indefinitely from 30 [...]

Dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

2021-04-06T15:28:52+02:00Apr 4th, 2021|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[1 April 2021] The Regulations on the Use of Television White Spaces, 2018 came into force in 1 April 2021 and ICASA has invited Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and other potential users to commence commercial use. Notice to Enforce the Regulations on the use of Television White Spaces 2018 A list of certified providers [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2021-04-01T10:57:55+02:00Apr 1st, 2021|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[1 April 2021] ICASA has given notice of the annual increase to be implemented in respect of radio frequency spectrum licence fees. The new fees will be effective from 1 April 2020 and will increase by 3.3% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice in terms of regulation 9A of radio frequency spectrum [...]

E-Band and V-Band spectrum

2020-12-11T13:21:26+02:00Dec 11th, 2020|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[12 December 2020] ICASA has updated the register of links in the self-regulated portion of the E Band. E-Band self-coordinated register March 2020 ___ [16 March 2018] ICASA has updated the register of links in the self-regulated portion of the E Band. E-Band self-coordinated-register-February 2018 ___ [5 September 2017] ICASA has published a first register [...]

ICASA Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans (RFSAPs)

2020-05-25T17:29:11+02:00May 25th, 2020|access, frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[22 May 2020] ICASA have published the following final RFSAPs: Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan for the frequency band 2500 to 2690 MHz Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan for the frequency band 470 to 694 MHz ICASA Media Release: Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan for the 470 to 694 MHz Frequency Band ___ [31 January [...]

Roadmap for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in South Africa

2019-11-08T11:53:31+02:00Nov 8th, 2019|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[4 November 2019] ICASA has published an updated IMT Roadmap, 2019, which replaces the version published on 29 March 2019. International Mobile Telecommunications Roadmap 2019 (November 2019) Notice regarding the Final International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Roadmap, 2019 ___ [29 March 2019] The final IMT Roadmap has been published. A reasons document will be published in [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

2019-11-01T10:18:19+02:00Oct 31st, 2019|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[31 October 2019] ICASA has published amendments to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations, 2015, amending Regulation 7, paragraph (d), of sub-regulation (3) as follows: "(d) has less than 30% (thirty percent) equity ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Persons (HDP) or is below a level 4 contributor (B-BBEE status) in terms of the Codes of Good Practice [...]

Spectrum Usage & Audits

2019-08-11T18:37:24+02:00Aug 9th, 2019|frequency, snippets|

[9 August 2019] ICASA have published an updated usage spreadsheet for spectrum over 1GHz. Spectrum Usage Availability Q1 2019 (Excel) ___ [10 October 2016] ICASA has notified the public that it has received an application from TRANSNET SOC Ltd (Transnet), for a radio frequency spectrum licence to use the 1800MHz band centre gap at National [...]

Frequency Migration Regulations and Frequency Migration Plan

2019-04-02T15:43:27+02:00Apr 2nd, 2019|frequency, snippets|

[2 April 2019] ICASA has published the finalised Frequency Migration Plan 2019. Final Radio Frequency Migration Plan 2019 __ [29 October 2018] Submissions made in respect of the Draft Radio Frequency Migration Plan Regulations 2018 can be found below: Cell C COCT (A) COCT (B) Denel eMedia Huawei Intelsat Liquid Telecom SA MTN Multichoice, MNET [...]

Guide to commonly-used licence-exempt frequency bands in South Africa

2016-08-18T08:07:20+02:00Aug 18th, 2016|frequency, snippets|

[18 August 2016] ICASA has issued out a notice reminding providers of wireless networks of the need to stay within the defined licence-exempt bands. ICASA further refers to an upcoming crackdown on use of non-licence-exempt bands without the appropriate spectrum licence: from our information it looks like a new monitoring network will be launched shortly [...]

World Radiocommunication Conference

2020-04-06T08:03:00+02:00Apr 3rd, 2016|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[3 April 2020] The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) final acts can be accessed at the link below: Final Acts: WRC-19 ___ [3 April 2016] A release from the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services notes that the 41 person strong SA delegation to WRC 2015 “played a significant role in securing major outcomes for spectrum [...]

Outstanding spectrum licence fees

2015-11-17T07:59:02+02:00Nov 17th, 2015|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[17 November 2015] ICASA has published a notice in various newspapers calling on licensees with outstanding annual radio frequency spectrum licence fees to attend to payment as soon as possible. Newspaper Notice Spectrum Debtors 2 October 2015 There are 21 049 entries in the spreadsheet...

Assignment of IMT Bands in South Africa

2016-07-17T20:00:59+02:00May 6th, 2015|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

See further https://www.ellipsis.co.za/progress-in-assignments-in-700800-mhz-and-2-6-ghz/  __ [6 May 2015] ICASA have published Gazettes identifying and rectifying errors in the spectrum assignment plans for IMT bands published last month. These have been inserted in the previous post next to the document they relate to. ___ [2 April 2015] ICASA has published final radio frequency spectrum assignment plans (RFSAPs) [...]

WAPA Future Wireless Technology Forum

2014-05-31T20:18:47+02:00May 31st, 2014|frequency, snippets|

[31 May 2014] The Wireless Access Providers' Association (WAPA) hosted a Future Wireless Technology Forum on Thursday 29 May 2014.  The initial gathering covered technology solutions and related business opportunities in the millimetre wave (mmW) band, with focus on V-Band (60 GHz) and E-Band (70 & 80 GHz). Future discussions will involve emerging technologies such as [...]

National Radio Frequency Spectrum Policy

2017-04-24T14:25:09+02:00May 28th, 2014|frequency, policy, snippets|

[28 May 2014] In one of his last acts as Minister of Communications,  Minister Carrim issued the below statement on broadband radio spectrum policy directives on 23 May 2014. The statement is an attempt at explaining the delays which have bedeviled the release of spectrum for the deployment of access networks in South Africa STATEMENT [...]

Second Digital Dividend – Final Report and Implementation Plan

2014-05-05T20:52:46+02:00Apr 24th, 2014|frequency, snippets|

[24 April 2014] The Department of Communications has released a final report and implementation plan on the use of the second digital dividend in South Africa. The report was drafted by Deloitte and Touche. Second Digital Dividend Final Report and Implementation Plan April 2014 According to the Report it will form the basis for the [...]

Notice to renew spectrum licences

2014-02-24T07:53:26+02:00Feb 24th, 2014|frequency, snippets|

[24 February 2014] Reminder that radio frequency spectrum renewal applications must be submitted by the end of February. ___ [27 January 2014] ICASA has extended the deadline for submission of renewal applications to 28 February 2014. ____ [17 January 2014] It is that time of the year again and holders of radio frequency spectrum licences [...]

ICASA warning re use of military frequencies

2013-08-06T21:53:58+02:00Aug 6th, 2013|frequency, snippets|

[6 August 2013] ICASA has issued a warning to wireless internet service providers to ensure that they do not illegally use the 4 GHz band which is used by the South Africa Air Force. This is pursuant to complaints received "Anyone found to be in possession or operating such equipment outside the licence free band [...]

Updating your spectrum licences

2013-01-14T20:31:58+02:00Jan 14th, 2013|frequency, snippets|

ICASA have afforded spectrum licensees with an opportunity to ensure that the address and contact details on their licences are up to date. It is an existing obligation on licensees to notify ICASA of any changes in this information within 14 days of the change being effected, so ICASA is essentially saying that it will [...]

Draft Policy Directions on high demand spectrum and the exploitation of the digital dividend

2017-03-03T13:31:48+02:00Aug 21st, 2012|frequency, News, policy, snippets|

[31 August 2014] Just a note to confirm that this process was never concluded and should now be regarded as having been abandoned. Updated radio frequency spectrum policy remains outstanding. ___ [1 February 2012] A notice was published in today's Government Gazette extending the period for comment to 29 February 2012. This will no doubt require ICASA [...]

ICASA Spectrum Fees Workshop – 5 March 2012

2017-05-10T11:49:41+02:00Apr 29th, 2012|access, frequency, licensing, snippets|

[29 April 2012: updated to provide ICASA presentations made at the workshop: 1 - Spectrum Fee Workshop Agenda 20120305 2 - Spectrum Fundamentals 20120305 3 - ETD Workshop - 05032012 EML prep 4 - Spectrum Fee Payment Process 20120126a 5 - Spectrum Fees 20120305a 6 - IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW RADIO FREQUENCY SPECTRUM LICENCE 20120305] [...]

Draft Spectrum Assignment Plans for the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands

2017-03-03T13:33:23+02:00Feb 24th, 2012|frequency, News, snippets|

[5 March 2012] ICASA has withdrawn this process until further notice and pending the finalisation of the Minister's policy directions. The following submissions were made to the "ghost deadline" of 29 February 2012: AppChat Broadband Infraco CDG Cell C City of Cape Town DBI ETV GSMA Kawuleza MNET MWEB Orbicom Qualcomm Sentech SKA Telkom Vodacom [...]

Recategorisation of Medium-Wave Frequencies

2011-11-11T14:18:43+02:00Nov 11th, 2011|frequency, snippets|

ICASA has released a reasons document for the recategorisation of medium-wave frequencies. A determination has been made by ICASA so as to provide a regulatory framework of all spare MW radio frequency spectrum within the catergories designated as per the Electronic Communications Act No.36 of 2005. Also given are procedures and criteria for the awarding [...]

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