2023-10-15T19:10:55+02:00October 15th, 2023|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[15 October 2023] Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Annual Report 2022/23 ___ [14 July 2023] ICASA has published its Annual Performance Plan for the 2023/24 financial year. ICASA Annual Performance Plan for the 2023/24 financial year ___ [7 November 2022] Four new ICASA Councillors have been appointed by the Minister of Communications and Digital [...]

ICASA 5G Forum

2023-10-07T16:19:48+02:00October 7th, 2023|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[7 October 2023] ICASA will host the third 5G Forum Meeting in Sandton on 11 and 12 October 2023 (09h00 – 17h00 each day). Programme of the 3rd 5G Forum meeting - 2023 Those interested in participaing may send an email to Fifthgeneration@icasa.org.za to request the link for online participation. The CSIR will hold a Stakeholders Brainstorming [...]

ICASA Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans (RFSAPs)

2023-10-19T16:43:12+02:00August 4th, 2023|access, frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[4 August 2023] ICASA has published the following final RFSAPs: RFSAP for the frequency band 138 - 144 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 156.8375 - 174 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 335.4 - 380 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 380 - 399.9 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 406.1 - 410 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 410 - 430 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 440 - 450 MHZ

Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

2023-05-25T11:08:24+02:00May 25th, 2023|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[25 May 2023] ICASA has published the Radio Frequency Spectrum Amendment Regulations, 2023. These regulations update Annexure B to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015, which sets out a table of bands and specifications in terms of which radio apparatus may be used or possessed without requiring a radio frequency spectrum licence.  This is often [...]

Dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

2023-05-22T16:52:47+02:00May 22nd, 2023|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[22 May 2023] The deadline for comments on the Discussion Document on Dynamic Spectrum Access and Opportunistic Spectrum Management has been extended from 12 May 2023 to 16h00 on 26 June 2023. Previous submissions may be supplemented or resubmitted as necessary. Notice of Extension ___ [10 April 2023] ICASA has published a Discussion Document on [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2023-04-03T15:39:42+02:00April 3rd, 2023|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[3 April 2023] 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 2023 and will increase by 6.9% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice in terms of regulation 9A of radio frequency spectrum [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2023-10-18T10:21:46+02:00October 18th, 2022|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

| 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | [18 October 2023] ICASA presented in Parliament on 27 September 2023 on how the availability of the spectrum will transform and create competition in the telecommunication sector with respect to the reduction of costs to communicate. ICASA [...]

National Radio Frequency Spectrum Policy

2022-09-09T08:55:37+02:00September 9th, 2022|frequency, policy, snippets|

[8 September 2022] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has published the proposed Next Generation Radio Frequency Spectrum Policy for Economic Development for public consultation. Comments are due by 20 October 2022 and can be directed to the Director-General, Department of Communications and Digital Technologies | for attention: Mr. T Ngobeni, Deputy Director-General, Infrastructure [...]

National Radio Frequency Plan for South Africa

2022-03-29T16:28:54+02:00March 29th, 2022|frequency, snippets|

[29 March 2022] ICASA has finalised the National Radio Frequency Plan 2021. National Radio Frequency Plan 2021 __ [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 [...]

Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN)

2022-03-12T19:11:24+02:00March 11th, 2022|frequency, resources, snippets|

[11 March 2022] The Minister of Communications has published draft policy amendments for comment which effectively mean the abandonment of the wireless open access network (WOAN) as a policy intervention. Draft Amendment of Policy on High Demand Spectrum and the WOAN Written submissions can be submitted to The Director-General, Department of Communications and Digital [...]

ICASA inquiry into long-term spectrum outlook

2022-01-03T12:30:42+02:00December 26th, 2021|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[26 December 2021] ICASA has issued a notice setting out  its intention to conduct an inquiry into the outlook for spectrum management and usage over the long term. Notice of intention to conduct an inquiry into the long-term spectrum outlook The deadline for submissions is 16h00 on 4 March 2022: these should be submitted to [...]

Frequency Migration Regulations and Frequency Migration Plan

2021-12-26T17:36:00+02:00December 26th, 2021|frequency, snippets|

[26 December 2021]  ICASA published a findings document in respect of its inquiry into the implementation of the Radio Frequency Migration Plan and of the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Roadmap on 24 December 2021. Findings Document Implementation of the Radio Frequency Migration Plan and IMT Roadmap The deadline for submissions is 16h00 on Friday 11 [...]


2021-09-01T11:47:13+02:00September 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) [...]

E-Band and V-Band spectrum

2020-12-11T13:21:26+02:00December 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 [...]

Roadmap for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in South Africa

2019-11-08T11:53:31+02:00November 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 [...]

Spectrum Usage & Audits

2019-08-11T18:37:24+02:00August 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 [...]

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

2016-08-18T08:07:20+02:00August 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+02:00April 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+02:00November 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 [...]

Second Digital Dividend – Final Report and Implementation Plan

2014-05-05T20:52:46+02:00April 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+02:00February 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+02:00August 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+02:00January 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+02:00August 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+02:00April 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+02:00February 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 [...]

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