Appointment of a service provider to conduct feasibility studies of the frequency band migration based on the frequency band migration Regulation and Plan contained in the Government Gazette No 36334, Notice No 352 of the 3rd April 2013 over a period of three (3) months on a 90/10 PPPFA 2000: Preferential Procurement Regulations, 2011
Closing date for bids is 17 February 2014.
[7 April 2013] ICASA published final documents on 2 April 2013 (and are to be commended on their efficiency in doing so).
[8 February 2013] Date for comment has been extended to 18 February 2013.
[28 December 2012] Following the initial drafts published and the hearings held as detailed below, ICASA published a second iteration of the draft Frequency Migration Regulations and the draft Frequency Migration Plan on 24 December 2012.
Comments are due by 16h00 on 8 February 2013.
____[25 October 2012] Final Schedule for Oral Hearings
____[22 October 2012] Draft schedule for oral presentations
Below are links to the submissions made in response to the draft:
SAPS Public Safety
Submissions are due by
28 September 2012 12 October 2012.
The Regulations are intended to establish the framework in terms of which ICASA will be able to migrate users of radio frequency spectrum in accordance with the National Radio Frequency Spectrum Band Plan.
Comment: This looks like a good effort from ICASA. The draft Regulations are short and simple (as they should be) and set out the steps to be taken and considerations to be taken into account by ICASA when seeking to effect a migration process. Such a process will be initiated in accordance with the finalised Spectrum Migration Plan or where required to align SA with the ITU or SADC position or for the purpose of introducing greater efficiency into spectrum usage. The draft Regulations cover both out-of-band and in-band migration.
The Draft Frequency Migration Plan sets out ICASA’s intentions in respect of specific bands and, while opinions on the advisability of these intentions will differ, the document is comprehensive and well thought-through.