Icasa delays spectrum auction to March 2021

2020-09-04 07:59:00 PM

New radio frequency spectrum had been expected to have been allocated in December, but that has now been delayed

New radio frequency spectrum had been expected to have been allocated in December, but that has now been delayed

New radio frequency spectrum had been expected to have been allocated in December, but that has now been delayed

ByMudiwa GavazaIcasa said the delay was due, in part, to the emergency spectrum allocation given by the government to allow network operators to cope with increased communications demand due to Covid-19 and the lockdown.Image:BLOOMBERG/SUSANA GONZALEZ

Telecommunications regulator the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) says it has had to delay the issuing of new spectrum to March 2021.Late on Thursday, Icasa said the invitation to apply (ITA) for both the wireless open access network (WOAN) and the international mobile telecommunications (IMT) spectrum, also known as high-demand spectrum, would be published “no later than 30 September 2020".

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Icasa delays spectrum auction to March 2021New radio frequency spectrum had been expected to have been allocated in December, but that has now been delayed

04 September 2020 - 13:44 By Mudiwa Gavaza Icasa said the delay was due, in part, to the emergency spectrum allocation given by the government to allow network operators to cope with increased communications demand due to Covid-19 and the lockdown.04 September 2020 - 12:26 Mudiwa Gavaza Picture: BLOOMBERG/SUSANA GONZALEZ Telecommunications regulator the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) says it has had to delay the issuing of new spectrum to March 2021.22 hours ago Since mid-March 2020, the university has been devising plans about various scenarios to counter the affect of the Covid-19 pandemic, ensure the overall safety of students and staff, and provide learning opportunities to every student enrolled for the 2020 academic year.The university’s executive committee of Senate approved a revised academic calendar at the end of July, which will see the first semester conclude on September 23.

Image: BLOOMBERG/SUSANA GONZALEZ Telecommunications regulator the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) says it has had to delay the issuing of new spectrum to March 2021. Late on Thursday, Icasa said the invitation to apply (ITA) for both the wireless open access network (WOAN) and the international mobile telecommunications (IMT) spectrum, also known as high-demand spectrum, would be published “no later than 30 September 2020".” Spectrum refers to the radio frequencies on which data and information are carried. Spectrum refers to the radio frequencies on which data and information are carried. “The calendar has largely been premised on the blended-learning approach adopted by the university for the remainder of the year, as well as guided by both national health directives and those of the minister of higher education, science and technology,” he said. Mobile operators have long argued that access to spectrum will help reduce the cost of mobile data in SA because it will allow the companies to cover a wider geographic area with existing towers while carrying more data traffic. SA’s last big set of spectrum was allocated in 2004 and 2005, enabling Vodacom and MTN to roll out their 3G networks. SA’s last big set of spectrum was allocated in 2004 and 2005, enabling Vodacom and MTN to roll out their 3G networks. All these plans have been in line with the national regulations, the university said in a statement on Wednesday.

Cell C followed in 2011. New spectrum had been slated to be allocated in December 2020, but t he ITA for the auction, expected to have been issued back in July was delayed. To enable this, students with device and connectivity challenges will be able to access general and specialised computer labs and Wi-Fi zones when they return to campus. New spectrum had been slated to be allocated in December 2020, but t he ITA for the auction, expected to have been issued back in July was delayed. Icasa said the delay was due, in part, to the emergency spectrum allocation given by the government to allow network operators to cope with increased communications demand due to Covid-19 and the lockdown. Additionally, the authority had been finalising terms around how the WOAN would work, and the government had still been appointing new councillors — a process recently concluded. Additionally, the authority had been finalising terms around how the WOAN would work, and the government had still been appointing new councillors — a process recently concluded. In many modules, there has been a shift towards continuous assessment, where reassessments and assignments are the main methods of evaluation. “In light of the time lost as a result of the delay in the issuing of the ITAs, the auction of the high-demand spectrum, which was originally contemplated to take place during December 2020, will be completed by no later than March 31 2021,” said the authority. Icasa says it will issue an invitation to network operators to take part in the long awaited auction by the end of September.

Icasa says it will issue an invitation to network operators to take part in the long-awaited auction by the end of September. A glimmer of hope for new spectrum came about earlier in 2020 as the government issued additional temporary allocation to operators such as MTN, Telkom, Vodacom, Rain and Liquid Telecom in the hopes of coping with increased communications demand because of Covid-19. Vodacom and MTN have already used this to launch commercial 5G services. “To date, 11,438 local and 326 international acceptance offers have been made to prospective students. Vodacom and MTN have already used this to launch commercial 5G services. The ITA is also important because it would give industry players guidance on prices for the auction, which still remain unclear. A previous ITA was scrapped in 2018 after squabbles between the regulator and minister of telecommunications and postal services Siyabonga Cwele. A previous ITA was scrapped in 2018 after squabbles between the regulator and minister of telecommunications and postal services Siyabonga Cwele.

That ITA did indicate that a minimum bidding price at auction would be about R3bn.. .