Icasa to auction off spectrum for R12 billion – minimum

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has issued an invitation to apply for high-demand spectrum.

South African network operators – such as MTN and Vodacom – have been clamouring for spectrum to be issued to expand their high-speed LTE networks.

Radio frequency spectrum from the complimentary bands IMT700, IMT800, and IMT2600 form part of the invitation to apply.

Icasa said the spectrum must be used to provide mobile broadband wireless access services for urban and rural areas.

Spectrum in the allocated bands – the 700MHz, 800MHz, and 2,600MHz ranges – will be assigned in five lots (A to E), as illustrated below.

Each lot will have a reserve price of R3 billion, with lot A not available in the current invitation to apply.


Qualifying operators will have to bid on the spectrum they want.

Applicants will only be allowed to bid for one of the lots – B, C, D, or E. Lot A will be awarded through a separate process.

Interested parties have until 15:00 on 3 October 2016 to submit their applications

Those who qualify for the bidding stage will be announced on 30 November 2016.

ICASA hopes to announce the results of the auctions by 31 January 2017, and issue the licences between 14 and 28 March.

Published with permission from MyBroadband.

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