Roadmap for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in South Africa

[16 November 2018] ICASA Media Release: Draft International Mobile Telephony (IMT) roadmap


[10 November 2018] ICASA has published a new draft road-map for IMT in South Africa for public comment.

Draft international mobile telecommunications road-map (9 November 2018)

Written representations – including a Microsoft Word version – must be submitted by no later than 16h00 on Friday, 18 January 2019 for the attention of  Mr Manyaapelo Richard Makgotlho (e-mail:

Public hearings have been scheduled for 24 and 25 January 2019.

This comes within the context of preparing for an auction of spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands in 2019 or 2020.


[16 November 2014] ICASA has published the final International Mobile Telephony (IMT) Roadmap and are to be commended for the speed at which they are proceeding (a rare accolade).

Final (Draft) IMT Roadmap

ICASA simultaneously published a Draft Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan (RFSAP) for IMT.



ICASA press release

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby informs all stakeholders and the media that a Final International Mobile Telephony (IMT) Roadmap that seeks to ensure universal availability of broadband services as well as a vibrant and competitive telecommunications industry and promote investments, has been issued.

This follows an extensive public consultation with relevant stakeholders in recent weeks. It is ICASA’s view that the growing demand for mobile broadband in South Africa indicates a need for more mobile broadband bandwidth capacity in general. It is generally known that many rural areas do not have access to mobile bandwidth indicating a need for a more universal mobile broadband coverage, a need best served by deploying lower frequencies that propagate a wider market. The roadmap further involves the migration of a number of current licensees out of (or within) bands identified for IMT services. For bands where costs and benefits of the migration were not straightforward, the Authority conducted further feasibility studies to determine the appropriateness of the migration.

The Authority is simultaneously publishing the Draft Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan (RFSAP) for IMT. The Draft RFSAP seeks to specify the technical conditions on the use of the frequency bands and is aimed at soliciting views from stakeholders on the Rules for Services operating in each Frequency Band”.

Due to the public interest nature of this project, the Authority will publish the RFSAP for fourteen (14) days only for comments.

All interested stakeholders are requested to refer their enquiries via email to Mr Richard Makgotlho on


[16 November 2014] Set out below are links to all submissions made in response to the publication of the Draft IMT Roadmap:

Altron TMT
Cel lC
City of Cape Town
Ethekwini Electricity
Intel Corporation


[31 August 2014] ICASA has published a Draft International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Roadmap for consultation in terms of section 2 and 4, read with section 30,31(4), and 33 of the Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005 and invited comments thereon. There are two documents – the actual draft plan and a template for responses.

The overall purpose of the draft Roadmap is to identify the various options for the deployment of the identified bands for IMT (with feasibility studies for the 450-470 MHz band and 880-960 MHz band) for consultation with stakeholders. The focus is on the 5-10 year time frame.

Draft IMT Roadmap for Consultation August 2014

Invitation to Comment on the Draft IMT Roadmap August 2014

Comments can be emailed to Mr Manyaapelo Richard Makgotlho at by no later than 16:00 on Tuesday, 7 October 2014.


ICASA Frequency Migration Regulations and Frequency Migration Plan 2013

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

Draft Policy Directions on Radio Frequency Spectrum for Electronic Communications Services in High Demand Spectrum and on Exploitation of the Digital Dividend


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