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South Africa goes its own way

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ICASA has now finally announced or confirmed its spectrum plans for the 2.6GHz band in which four licenses of 30MHz will be awarded.
South Africa’s Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has released its ‘Document on Spectrum Licensing Framework Regulations and Invitation To Apply for 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz Bands’, TeleGeography reports.

This structure puts South Africa firmly in the camp of “I’ll do it my way” with regard to likely deployments of wireless systems in this band, which otherwise has the potential of being the most widely adopted standardized band for broadband mobile communications services on a global level. The structure of 30MHz unpaired channels reflects the wishes of the advocates of TDD mobile WiMAX technology and their claims that this capacity is required to enable them to maximize their spectral efficiencies and offer adequate capacities, reports.

Under the new guidelines, bidding will start at ZAR750,000 (USD98,000). ICASA requires 2.6GHz licensees to achieve population coverage of 50% within two years of being granted spectrum. Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Neotel and Telkom are all reported to be keen to get their hands on the spectrum, which is suitable for the deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

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