On 7 and 8 April the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will hold a workshop at its Johannesburg office on the allocation of the Digital Dividend spectrum.
A large amount of spectrum, known as the Digital Dividend, will be freed up after the switchover from analogue to digital terrestrial television. ICASA maintains that a fair and well-balanced reallocation of the spectrum between broadcasting, broadband and ICT sectors will ensure that all South Africans receive the social and economic benefits of the Digital Dividend.
The aim of the workshop is to hear stakeholder views on the optimal allocation of the Digital Dividend spectrum in a manner that meets the social and economic goals of the Republic. The Authority will utilise the presentations and other collected information to develop a framework for a Digital Dividend review that will inform the approaches to frequency planning and other regulatory interventions and consider the impact of convergence on the approach to the allocation of the Digital Dividend.
Issues for discussion include but are not limited to:
· the regulatory approach that will ensure that the Digital Dividend is allocated in manner that meets national social and economic goals;
· the demand for Digital Dividend spectrum;
· the possible services that can utilise Digital Dividend spectrum, including the use of white space;
· the pricing of Digital Dividend spectrum;
· the terms and conditions for the allocation of the Digital Dividend, and
· when the Digital Dividend should be distributed and if it should be a phased approach.
For more information regarding the workshop, feel free to contact Mamedupe Kgatshe at email@example.com or Thandi Nkosi at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephonically on (011) 566 3259 and (011) 566 3037 respectively.