ICASA stands firm on ending emergency spectrum

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 - Communications authority ICASA is standing firm on ending the temporary spectrum.

It says it will fight a new case by fixed-line operator Telkom around the temporary spectrum set to be taken away in November.

Icasa allocated the radio spectrum to mobile operators last year.

READ: MTN in talks with Icasa to keep emergency spectrum

It was an effort to ease communication challenges during the COVID-19 State of Disaster.  

The regulator faced a backlash when it announced two weeks ago that it would terminate the licences at the end of November.

Telkom took the issue to court, however, ICASA says the temporary spectrum has to end as it is becoming anti-competitive, unfair and unjust.

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