The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will publish an Information Memorandum on the licensing process for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum – also referred to as high demand spectrum – before 31 December 2019.
The Information Memorandum outlines ICASA’s approach on the licensing of the spectrum, following the publication of the Policy on High Demand Spectrum and Policy Direction on the Licensing of a Wireless Open Access Network.
The Information Memorandum is also intended to provide guidance to stakeholders and prospective applicants on the process and criteria to be applied by ICASA in the licensing of the spectrum. “Through the publication of the Information Memorandum, the Authority further provides an opportunity to stakeholders and prospective applicants alike to make inputs and representations on the proposed licensing process, associated criteria and timelines”, says Keabetswe Modimoeng, ICASA acting chairperson.
“The licensing of high demand spectrum is one of the critical components to facilitate deployment of digital infrastructure to ensure that all South Africans realise and participate meaningfully in the opportunities emanating from the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, concludes Modimoeng.