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ICASA asks companies to pay for emergency spectrum

07.12.2020
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Regulator points to strong financial performance of operators during pandemic

The Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has now asked mobile operators to pay for emergency spectrum issued during the Covid-19 pandemic, reports itweb. The temporary spectrum was offered free in response to the high demand for services during the ‘National State of Disaster’. However, the regulator noted that licensees ‘generated and reported revenue growth during this period’ and the rules had been amended to include fees. The website reports that many operators reported ‘blowout’ half-year results, with Vodacom experiencing an increase in data traffic of 86 per cent, bolstered by the growth in home working and online schooling.

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The Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has now asked mobile operators to pay for emergency spectrum issued during the Covid-19 pandemic, reports itweb

Theme:
Infrastructure and Spectrum: 5G and next generation networks
Region:
Middle East & Africa
Series:
Regulatory Watch
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