South Africa issues Amendment of the unlicensed bands list.

After issuance of a draft in 2019, South Africa ICASA issued on Dec 15th 2021 the amendment of the radio frequency spectrum regulation listing allowed bands for unlicensed bands. The new regulations came with the following modifications:

  • More bands for inductive applications allowing more deployment for Wireless charger beyond 135KHz (135-148.5KHz and 148.5-5000KHz)
  • New RFID Band 400-600KHz -8dbuA/m @10m
  • UWB: 3100-4800MHz & 6000-9500 MHz
  • 5725-5875MHz added for Non Specific Applications EN 300440 and for Wireless Industrial Applications EN 303 258
  • Radar 57-64Ghz EN 305550
  • 63-64GHz for ITS
  • 77-81GHz for RTTT

These are the main changes our customers were asking about all the time.. finally, we have them now!

The regulation can be found on the authority website

South Africa: Invitation to bid for IMT spectrum

By legal notice N°717 of 2021, ICASA announced on Dec 10th the opening of the auction process for the application for the following bands: 703 – 790 MHz (“IMT700”), 790 – 862 MHz (“IMT800”), 2500 -2690MHz (“IMT2600”), and 3400 – 3600 MHz (“IMT3500”)

Interested persons can submit their applications no later than January 31st 2022

South Africa: Consultation on frequency migration IMT

In order to determine the current usage of certain bands and to insure sufficient spectrum is reserved for other broadband and IMT services, ICASA launched on Sept 30th 2021 a call for comment.

The consultation document can be found here

Comments can be received up to December 3rd

South Africa ICASA issues a draft National Frequency plan

ICASA issued on July 10th a draft for comment of the National Frequency Plan.

The daft takes into consideration WRC19 resolution

Interested parties can send comments Aug 27th 2021. A public hearing will be held from 7 to 9 September.

The document can be found on ICASA website

South Africa moves to level 4 Alert amid surge in covid-19 cases.

The President of South Africa announced on June 27th new restrictions of mobility due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases (3rd wave)

We expect ICASA to continue to function normally for projects not requiring handling of samples

More information on the restrictions measures can be found on this document