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South Africa plans for LTE licenses

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)has announced plans to offer radio spectrum licenses in the 2.6GHz and 3.5 GHz Bands.
­The lower of the two bands is expected to be made available for LTE deployments.

The reserve price is R750,000 for 2.6 GHz spectrum, and bidders will be required to achived a 50% population coverage within two years of being granted the licenses. Any bidder will however also have to comply with requirements that at least 30% of the company is directly owned by Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (HDI).

There will be four licenses of 30Mhz each. The country currently has three mobile phone networks, and it is anticipated that the fourth license could go to a WiMAX operator.

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