Three months grace period to allow licensees to wind down their use of temporary radio frequency spectrum - 01/09/2021
TELECOM/ICT Policy Makers and Regulators | Africa | South Africa
The Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA/the Authority) has resolved that the temporary radio frequency spectrum assigned to licensees will now have to be returned to the Authority by no later 30 November 2021. The temporary radio frequency spectrum was first assigned by means of an expedited ITA during April 2020 on the initial declaration of the National State of Disaster, which in turn was occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Authority has since twice extended the duration of the temporary radio frequency spectrum assignment, the last expiry date being 31 August 2021. The Authority has inter alia taken account of the current environment in relation to the number of infections, the gradual reopening of the economy and the steady progress in the vaccination program. More importantly, the Authority is mindful of the need to focus its efforts on the permanent licensing of spectrum. However, it is important that the industry be allowed adequate time to plan and adjust their operations.