ARTICLES RELATING TO SPECTRUM

Icasa edges towards spectrum allocation

2019-09-20 11:23

South Africa is finally edging towards the much-awaited allocation of high demand spectrum, with Icasa revealing that it plans to release licencing criteria by year end.

'Chaotic, incoherent': Telkom CEO slams Mboweni’s growth plan

2019-09-02 13:34

In an opinion piece, Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko has slammed Treasury's proposed reforms in the ICT sector, particularly the roll-out of spectrum, as being 'ill-thought-out'.

Why is South Africa still waiting for cheaper data?

2019-08-13 22:17

Mobile data prices in South Africa are higher than in many other countries in Africa and elsewhere. The quick release of spectrum could change that – but continued indecision by policymakers leaves consumers with costly data bills and hinders economic growth.

Competition watchdog hails spectrum policy as step towards lower data costs

2019-08-02 16:16

The Competition Commission has hailed gazetting of government's policy on high demand spectrum, saying the development was a critical step towards realising lower data costs for South African consumers.

MTN, Vodacom given boost by promise of long-delayed spectrum

2019-06-21 19:32

Vodacom and MTN, the country's two biggest mobile-phone providers, have long been demanding the opportunity to bid for new spectrum to extend high-speed internet to new customers and increase data revenue.

Govt abandoning direct involvement in set-top box programme

2018-10-11 20:26

Government is abandoning direct involvement with the set-top box programme, and is phasing out to a "market/retail" approach instead.

Vodacom: more spectrum needed to expand 4G in rural areas

2017-08-01 18:52

Vodacom Group chief technology officer Andries Delport says South Africa needs more spectrum to expand high speed internet access coverage in rural areas.

SKA goes digital as Northern Cape switches off analogue TV signal

2016-10-27 11:54

The first phase of the analogue switch-off and migration to digital broadcasting will start with analogue signals being switched off in the Northen Cape.

Cwele wins spectrum court battle against Icasa

2016-09-30 10:44

Minister Siyabonga Cwele's bid to interdict and set aside a planned spectrum auction for high-speed broadband in South Africa has been upheld by the North Gauteng High Court.

MTN: Our data costs have decreased 73% in 5 years

2016-09-21 19:00

MTN has decreased voice and data tariffs by 58% and 73% respectively in the last five years, despite an increase in costs due to a struggling economy, the company has told Parliament.

 

Draft plan on 4IR expected in October - communications minister

2019-09-09 05:00

The first draft of the Presidential Commission's blueprint on the Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to be released in October, according to Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

A new plan says government intervention can make data 25% cheaper within three years – here’s why that is quite optimistic

2019-08-29 09:13

Mobile operators have long blamed the lack of spectrum for high data prices.

IT forum: Spectrum should benefit start-ups first

2019-08-03 11:57

The Black IT Forum has urged government to prioritise small, medium and micro enterprises over multibillion-rand corporations in the roll out high-speed spectrum in the country.

Data prices could start falling from next month - here's why

2019-07-05 12:50

South Africa has some of the most expensive data in the world.

SPECIAL REPORT This is why data still costs you twice what it could

2019-01-14 18:38

Why is data in South Africa so expensive? Why does it 'expire'? And is there anything that anyone can do about it? Fin24 unpacks the issues in the first of this four-part series that will be published daily this week on the cost of data in SA.

Vodacom just launched a super-fast 5G service in Lesotho – because SA's spectrum policy is a mess

2018-08-25 15:06

South Africa hasn't managed to sort out how to allocate the radio frequency spectrum necessary for next-generation broadband cellphone services – so the first commercial 5G service in Africa just went live in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

Vodacom criticises SA ICT policy for being 'unclear'

2017-02-01 11:10

South Africa’s biggest mobile network by subscribers, Vodacom, has criticised government’s ICT policy white paper, which was released to the public late last year.

Cwele: Govt doesn’t want to run mobile networks

2016-10-14 13:28

South Africa’s government has no intention of running a mobile network in the country, says Telecoms Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

Spectrum auction postponed

2016-09-25 07:37

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is trying to keep its controversial auction of prime radio frequency spectrum on track, despite the department of telecommunications and postal services’ court challenge.

Muthambi grilled over 'slow' digital migration

2016-09-15 18:20

The communications minister has been hauled over the coals by her own party who told her that her management of the digital migration project was "found wanting".

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