SA telecoms regulator Icasa pushes again spectrum public sale once more

SA’s telecoms regulator on Monday pushed again the announcement of the qualifying bidders for its long-awaited public sale of recent spectrum by a month to March 23, only a week earlier than the sale had been because of be accomplished.

The Unbiased Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) stated it was finishing a contract with the exterior auctioneer who will oversee and handle the method, and the public sale would now begin on March 31 somewhat than ending then.

Allocation of high-demand spectrum is seen as key to increasing broadband companies, particularly 5G, in Africa’s most industrialised economic system, the place the excessive price of telecommunications is a barrier to doing enterprise.

Telecom operators have been ready greater than a decade for Icasa to launch new spectrum licences however Telkom, which is partly state-owned, and MTN Group have challenged the public sale course of in courtroom.

“We stay assured that we’re not off the monitor however in a greater place to finish the licensing of high-demand spectrum,” stated Icasa chairperson Keabetswe Modimoeng.

Telkom is looking for an order to halt the public sale and there has not been a judgment in its case but. MTN’s separate problem has but to be heard in courtroom.

Operators together with MTN, Telkom, Vodacom, Cell C, Rain networks and Liquid Telecoms have utilized for licences.

The spectrum public sale course of was pushed again three months in September because of a delay in issuing invites to use.