[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 Workshop on “RSA Strategy for 5G and Emerging Technologies” on 13 October 2023 from 08h30 – 13h25.

Workshop Programme RSA Strategy for 5G and Emerging Technologies 


[14 November 2022] ICASA will be hosting the South African Fifth Generation Mobile Technology (5G) Forum Meeting on 16 and 17 November 2022, from 11:30 a.m. to 17:00 p.m. at the Premier Hotel Midrand in Gauteng. The theme of this meeting is “Early Phases of 5G Deployment: Experiences and Beyond”.

The event will be held both in-person and virtually. Interested parties can register by mailing fifthgeneration@icasa.org.za.

5G Forum meeting – Agenda


[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 members of the 5G Forum.


[23 May 2018] ICASA will be supporting the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in hosting the 5th Annual 5G Huddle, to be held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere. The event will take place from from 29 to 30 May 2018 in Durban. Further details can be found in the ICASA press release below.

Media statement: ICASA join hands with the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) to host the 5th Annual 5G Forum in Durban


[6 November 2017] Please see link below for a media statement by ICASA on the inaugural 5G forum meeting, which took place on 1st and 2nd November 2017 in Johannesburg.

Media statement: ICASA hosts a successful inaugural 5G Forum Meeting in Sandton, Johannesburg


[16 October 2017] ICASA has reinvigorated a previous attempt to create a 5G forum to discuss matters relating to 5G and other relevant standards. The regulator has published draft terms of reference for the forum as well as an agenda for the initial meeting of the forum to be held in Johannesburg on 1st and 2nd November 2017.

Terms of Reference of the 5G Forum
Agenda of the first meeting of the 5G Forum 1-2 Nov 2017

Under the terms of reference, the purpose of the 5G Forum is to:

  • assist ICASA to prepare necessary contributions to  made to meetings of the International Telecommunications Union  (“the ITU”) in respect of 5G and other relevant standards bodies;
  • ensure that such contributions are well informed and take into account considerable specific requirements of South Africa; and
  • act as an advisory body and not an executive committee; therefore it must not perform any management responsibilities and shall have an objective and independent role.

The scope of work of the Forum is to include:

  • Identification of requirements and capabilities of individual use cases in the 5G era;
  • Collection and analysis of information on potential frequency bands for future 5G;
  • International cooperation through Memoranda of Understanding with similar international fora focused on 5G;
  • Preparation for participation in the ITU-R 5G workshop provisionally scheduled for first quarter of 2017; and
  • Becoming a platform for recognition and identification of South African innovations that may benefit from standardization.