Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
5 minute read
4 Sep 2020
2:41 pm

Long walk to 5G: bidding for SA wireless spectrum to begin

Brian Sokutu

The rollout of spectrum for mobile and other services has seen multiples delays, leaving South Africa lagging behind somewhat in the implementation of technological services, including the much-vaunted 5G mobile technology.

Residents have expressed fear for the potential dangers associated with radiation from 5G mobile masts.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) this week announced the long-awaited date for the invitation to apply (ITA) for wireless open-access network (WOAN) and the international mobile telecommunications spectrum, prompting excitement but also concerns over the possible prices of this sought-after commodity. The ITA date has now been set for 30 September. The rollout of spectrum for mobile and other services has seen multiples delays, leaving South Africa lagging behind somewhat in the implementation of technological services, including the much-vaunted 5G mobile technology. According to a recent study by World Wide Worx, big mobile players MTN, Vodacom, Cell...