ICASA invites applications for the provisional assignment of Radio Frequency Spectrum - 10/11/2021
TELECOM/ICT Policy Makers and Regulators | Africa | South Africa
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA/the Authority) has resolved to invite applications from infrastructure-based mobile network operators for provisional assignment of radio frequency spectrum under the new ICT COVID-19 National State of Disaster Regulations, 2021. In this regard, ICASA has decided to make available the following International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) bands available for provisional assignment effective from 1 December 2021 i.e. 700MHz, 800MHz, 2300MHz, 2600MHz and 3500MHz bands. All qualifying licensees will have five (5) working days to submit their applications to the Authority i.e. applications must be submitted by no later than 16h00 on Wednesday, 17 November 2021.The Authority has resolved to implement the provisional assignment arrangement for a seven (7) month period ending 30 June 2022, or three months after the termination of the National State of Disaster, whichever comes first. The bands shall be assigned in accordance with the criteria and conditions stipulated by the Authority in the ICT COVID-19 National State of Disaster Regulations. The Authority will consider the applications and make a final decision by no later than 26 November 2021. The Authority believes that it is in the best interest of the public to have a provisional spectrum licensing arrangement in place over the next 7 months. This will enable all other inherent licensing processes to conclude while mitigating any possible service disruptions.