Posts tagged as ICASA

Neotel – same name, new bosses?

  Over the past few months there has been much speculation about Vodacom acquiring Neotel and what  Vodacom’s plans  would be  after  final approval of the acquisition. It is now clear that Neotel will continue to operate as Neotel but with new owners. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has given notice in […]

Hands off: 2 GHz is for WiFi traffic

  Half of the traffic on the internet travels via WiFi in the licence-free spectrum of the 2 GHz band, however industry experts see potential problems ahead as mobile operators are eyeing the licence-free spectrum as useful spectrum for LTE back-hauling. The WiFi  spectrum must be protected, say industry leaders. The Wireless Access Providers’ Association […]

ICASA IMT roadmap a leap forward in the spectrum debacle

  The publication of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) roadmap for radio frequency spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for comment has been welcomed by many of the vendors of telecommunication equipment and some South African telcos. They said it was a great leap forward.  It is significant that ICASA has followed […]

South Africa Connect – just another talk shop?

  South Africa Connect is  still focussed on delivering broadband to all by 2020, except that the “how to achieve it” will only be finalised  and encased in a White Paper by March 2015, said the  Minister  of Telecommunication and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele, delivering the opening address at SATNAC2014  on 1 September 2014. South Africa […]

Optical wireless broadband – it’s licence free

  Optical wirelss broadband (OWB) is quick to install, requires no Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) licence and it can provide up to 10 Gbps bandwidth over a distance of up to 2,5 km.  Also referred to as free space optics, OWB is developed from the ground up and manufactured in South Africa […]

ICASA: President Zuma has stopped thinking – it’s the new all-in-one DoC

  The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) now has a home in the new Department of Communications (DoC). This was confirmed in a proclamation published in the Government Gazette  on 15 July 2014. The communications industry can still not get its head around the thinking of the President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet […]

ICASA kills industry’s hope for E-band

  At WAPA’s Future of Wireless Technology Forum there was hope that a regulatory framework could soon be in place for E and H millimetre bands. ICASA councillor, William Stucke showed his support for this in the opening presentation, but the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s management dealt a blow to this notion […]