ISPA asks for progress on spectrum auctions (South Africa)

The Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa (ISPA) has asked ICASA and the Department of Communications (DoC) to inform industry on how plans for the spectrum auctions in the 2.6 and 3.5GHz bands are progressing.

ISPA welcomed the news that a specialist auctioneer will be appointed to handle the auction but urged ICASA and DoC to move quickly and appoint the auctioneer and then finalise preparations.

According to ISPA, it was alarming that the auctions may not be held prior to the end of this year. ISPA also called on ICASA to provide more clarity about its plans around making regional assignments in the 3.5 GHz band so that small regional operators can assess whether they will qualify to participate.

Brooks further urged ICASA to finalise the regulations around sub-leasing envisioned in the recently-published draft radio regulations before the auction takes place.