ICASA to conduct public hearings on under-serviced area licences

19 Jan 2004

South Africa’s telecoms watchdog the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) is holding public hearings into the so-called ‘under-serviced area licences’ (USALS) between 21 January and 26 February – part of the government’s ongoing drive to liberalise the market and stimulate access to poorly served rural communities. The USALS will license small operators to set up operations in areas of the country with a low teledensity: ICASA says it has already received 14 applications for the ten licences on offer. The regulator hopes to see a ministerial decree on the USALS by the end of April.

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