Telkom to refarm portion of its 1800MHz spectrum for LTE

8 Jun 2016

Sipho Maseko, CEO of South African telecoms operator Telkom, has disclosed that his company is planning to refarm a portion of its spectrum holding in the 1800MHz band for 4G LTE technology. Telkom’s decision follows the collapse of its proposed network sharing and infrastructure outsourcing deal with MTN South Africa in August 2015; the agreement was opposed by local antitrust authority the Competition Commission (CompCom).

TeleGeography notes that Telkom applied for 2×12MHz of spectrum in the 1800MHz band from market regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in February 2008, and launched 2G services in the band in October 2010.

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