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Massive surge in 5G subscriptions predicted in 2021

Ericsson projects 5G mobile subscriptions will exceed 580 million by year-end, driven by an estimated one million new subscriptions every day.


President Ramaphosa wants spectrum impasse resolved soon

The president calls for mediation in the legal disputes that have held back the country’s spectrum auction process.


Free Market Foundation wants temporary spectrum to stay

Withdrawing temporary spectrum would violate ICASA’s constitutional obligations and may lead to protracted litigation, warns the Free Market Foundation.

May 14, 2021

5G shifts global smartphone user behaviour

Users worldwide spend more time with cloud gaming and augmented reality, while 20% decrease usage of WiFi on their phones at home, says a report.


We can’t negotiate spectrum licensing, says ICASA chairperson

The telecoms regulator vows to defend the high-demand spectrum licensing process every step of the way, amid an ongoing legal tug-of-war.  

Feb 25, 2021

Access to spectrum is a ‘lifeline’, says Cell C CFO

The mobile operator plans to apply for high-demand spectrum and wants to see the application process happen as quickly as possible, says CFO Zafar Mahomed.

Feb 22, 2021

Licensing of high-demand spectrum imminent, says ICASA

The regulator stresses that the mock auction and the actual auction will commence by 31 March 2021.

Feb 22, 2021

Local 5G subscribers to top 11m in four years

Although 5G is in its infancy in SA, it could see 11 million subscribers and 43% population coverage in the next four years, says Africa Analysis.

Feb 17, 2021

Malema casts doubt on Ramaphosa’s spectrum auction plans

The Economic Freedom Fighters bemoans the lack of progress in allocating spectrum, warning that if corruption influences the process, data costs will remain high.

Jan 29, 2021

ICASA takes on MTN as spectrum battles heat up

The authority is reviewing the litigation on spectrum brought by MTN and has instructed its legal representatives to oppose the application.

Jan 29, 2021

MTN, Telkom accused of bullying over spectrum litigation

For the first time, big telcos look like they are on the back foot and because they have the resources to challenge the process, they are doing so, say analysts.

Jan 11, 2021

Telkom partly withdraws spectrum legal bid

ICASA announced that Telkom has withdrawn “Part A” of its court application against the authority.

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