Icasa says spectrum auction may get underway in September

File: Icasa has released guidelines for the licensing of spectrum.

File: Icasa has released guidelines for the licensing of spectrum. Flickr.com / Jim Makos

Flickr.com / Jim Makos

JOHANNESBURG - Telecommunications authority Icasa says the much-delayed spectrum auction may get underway in September.

A court halted the auction process, which was due to be completed in March. 

This after Telkom and MTN argued that it would be disadvantageous to them.

READ: Icasa delays spectrum auction

Now Icasa chairperson, Keabetswe Modimoeng says ongoing negotiations with the two companies might produce a settlement by the end of August.

The release of spectrum will allow companies to roll out new-generation communication tools such as 5G, and will ultimately bring down the price of data.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called the auction of the spectrum a major element of economic reform.

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