Snynet Solution Logo
MON - SUN: 10 AM - 6 PM
+60 11 5624 8319

Blog

ICASA Spectrum auction explained: What it means for your data

Image Description

South Africa's network providers are facing off ahead of the auction of new for high-demand spectrum. In the run-up to the auction, the saga has been ongoing Telkom filing a  lawsuit over the sale

If you're lost after all the updates and don't understand what exactly this sale means for you, don't worry we'll explain. 

What is being auctioned 

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is going to auction off licencing spectrum for broadband networks to service providers by March 31. 

The auction will include 406MHz of IMT spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 2,600MHz, and 3,500MHz bands. These licences will last for 20 years and the reserve prices for these bands ranges from R10 million to R1 billion. 

This increase in the spectrum will allow for less congestion on the band and make broadband quicker for the network which owns it. 

The networks are also expected to be able to make data more affordable by reducing the cost of each GB as a result of the increase in availability. 

Over the period lockdown, ICASA released temporary spectrum which resulted in network providers like MTN and Vodacom to launch their 5G networks and zero-rate much-needed websites. It also helped support the increase in users as people were at home. 

What's the problem

So far six applicants have responded to the invitation to apply for the spectrum, including MTN, Telkom and Vodacom. 

However, Telkom has launched a court challenge to the auction. The service provider thinks the auction is unlawful. 

This challenge is on the grounds that the 700MHz and 800MHz regions are not commercially viable as they are still in use by broadcasters and that the Invitation to Apply went ahead without finishing the Mobile Broadband Service Market Inquiry. Ths inquiry was meant to investigate the cause of the dominance of Vodacom and MTN. 

ICASA is planning to oppose the court application by Telkom. 

Date

27 Jan 2021

Sources


Share


Other Blog

  • Why web filtering can be your company's secret weapon to staying protected

    Security is one of the most pressing concerns for businesses of all sizes, as no-one wants to be caught out by malware or other risks when trying to grow and expand.

    With the number of threats growing all the time, keeping your business protected online has never been tougher, but fortunately there are a number of useful tools and services that can do just that.

    Being hit by a cyberattack is not just damaging to your data, but can also have severe financial and reputational effects - just ask Target, Equifax or SolarWinds. Recent research by Mimecast found that over 80% of businesses have been attacked by ransomware, with many having to stave off up to four attacks every day, and the average ransomware demand for a US business coming in at a shocking $6,312,190.

    Web filtering may sound like a small step when considering the security landscape as a whole, but the technology can play a vital role in making sure your business is never put at risk.

    SafeDNS offers a comprehensive platform aimed at protecting organizations of all sizes from online threats using its web filtering technology. 

    At its most basic level, web filtering keeps your business safe by monitoring internet traffic for risks such as malware and phishing scams. It can also restrict access to unsuitable or dangerous websites, making sure your employees stay focused on the job in hand.

    SafeDNS

    (Image credit: SafeDNS)

    SafeDNS is a completely cloud-based service, meaning there's no bulky hardware to clog up your office space, and can be set up in just a few minutes, so there's no complicated installation or deployment that requires expensive call-outs.

    The platform itself uses powerful AI technology incorporating machine learning and big data services in order to keep your internet traffic safe, blocking 33 million cyberthreats every day.

    Built on a network of 13 global data centers, SafeDNS has 109 million sites in its database, sorted into 61 different subject content categories, with its DNS-based filtering blocks unwanted sites before anyone accesses them.

    This allows you to create customized policies for your workers, and includes traffic monitoring services and a detailed service dashboard so you can be sure your rules are being adhered to. And as your business grows, your policies can expand too, with no limit on the number of users and extensibility during filtering.

    What's more, SafeDNS offers 24/7 support in case you ever run into any issues, and the technology is compliant with CIPA, BPjM, IWF, and HIPAA.

    If your business supports hybrid or remote working, you can also ensure your employees stay protected wherever they are thanks to the SafeDNS roaming agent. Available now for Windows, Linux and Android users (with iOS and macOS offerings coming soon) this handy tool uses active filters to make sure workers stay safe online even when they aren’t connected to your business or their own home networks.

    So if you want to make sure your employees and your business stay protected, you can sign up for a free 15-day trial with SafeDNS here.

    Read More
  • Intel 11th gen chips offer a game-changing security upgrade

    New Intel chips will shield against ransomware and other threats at a hardware level.

    Read More
  • AMD RX 6700 XT spotted online, suggesting 12GB GPU could be released soon

    Next Big Navi card may be on the horizon – although AMD’s current stock and production woes perhaps suggest otherwise.

    Read More
  • Tiger Lake Core i7 CPU could be a headache for AMD as Intel threatens to take the lead in laptop gaming

    Intel’s Core i7-1185G7 gets the better of AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800U in gaming tests, going by leaked videos.

    Read More

Find Out More About Us

Want to hire best people for your project? Look no further you came to the right place!

Contact Us