Icasa extends deadline for LTE bids

14 Jun 2010

South Africa’s telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has extended the deadline for companies to submit applications for spectrum in the 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz bands until 30 July, from a previous deadline of 28 May. Under the new guidelines, bidding for the spectrum will start at ZAR750,000 (USD98,000). The 2.6GHz licences carry an obligation to achieve population coverage of 50% within two years of being granted spectrum. Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Neotel and Telkom are all reported to be interested in the spectrum.