Communications regulator Icasa has revealed that Telkom has requested additional spectrum from it in the 2.3 GHz frequency band – and the company is willing to ditch its 2.4 GHz holdings to make it happen.
In a notice published in the Official Journal on October 15, Icasa said it had received a request from Telkom at the end of July for a change in the allocation of the two bands.
In terms of application, Telkom wishes to “rearm” or reallocate part of the 2.3 GHz band and abandon the use of its spectrum in the 2.4 GHz band.
If the request is approved, Telkom will have 87 MHz of contiguous national spectrum between 2300 MHz and 2387 MHz.
Dobek Pater, director of business development at Africa Analysis, told TechCentral that it appears the 2.4 GHz band offers much less value to Telkom than the 2.3 GHz band, which the company uses to provide wireless services. fixed wires using 4G / LTE technology.
Indeed, Telkom is a major player in the fixed LTE market, offering not only its own services but also wholesale fixed LTE products to Internet service providers.
Fixed LTE works well as an alternative to fiber and for customers migrating out of old copper ADSL solutions, Pater said.
Instead of just approving the requested changes, however, Icasa decided to “undertake a public consultation process”. It does so because the 2.3 GHz band is “limited to IMT services”, ie mobile telecommunications, and therefore subject to an “extended application process”.
Interested parties had 21 working days from the publication of the notice (starting October 15) to provide written comments on Telkom’s proposal. It can also hold public hearings, but has not yet decided whether or not to do so. – (c) 2021 NewsCentral Media
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