Posts tagged as ICASA

5 MHz propagation research project shows unexpected results

  Earlier this year the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) awarded two licences to the South African Radio League (SARL) to carry out propagation research on the 5 MHz band in preparation for the agenda item to grant radio amateurs spectrum in the 5 MHz band at the World Radio Conference to be […]

Houlin Zhao elected as ITU secretary-general

  The International Telecommunications Union (ITU)’s 19th Plenipotentiary Conference roundly endorsed ICT engineer Houlin Zhao of China as its next secretary-general. Zhao will take office on 1 January 2015 for a term of four years, with the possibility of re-election for one additional four-year term. The election took place in Busan, Republic of Korea, during […]

Is ICASA covering up for its minister?

  In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, the chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Dr. Stephen Mncube,  said  that  ICASA does not appoint councillors nor can it decide on the end date for its councillors. “The appointment of councillors is done through the minister after a Parliamentary process and the term […]

IMT roadmap: ICASA shows it can do the job!

  Within two days of the closing date for submissions commenting on the draft International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) roadmap, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) issued the schedule of public hearings, held on 9 and 10 October 2014.  Chaired by outdoing councillor Marcia Socikwa, it soon became clear that the ICASA staff had done […]

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 […]