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Icasa: Mobile operators can apply to bid for 4G, 5G spectrum from Friday

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Data costs have declined after mobile operators were forced to down costs, but they debated that until regulators auction the much-needed spectrum before the prices can significantly drop

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said it would send invitations to mobile operators to apply to bid for spectrum for 4G and next-generation 5G networks, starting from Friday, with the country’s first-ever auctions expected to happen soon.


The allocation of frequency bands for wireless communication is witnessed to be a vital part in expansion of broadband services, especially 5G in Africa’s most industralised economy, where doing business must require a high cost of telecommunications.

Data costs have declined after mobile operators were forced to down costs, but they debated that until regulators auction the much-needed spectrum before the prices can significantly drop.