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South Africa extends deadline for LTE bids

South Africa's telecom regulator extends deadline for companies to apply for LTE spectrum

Most of South Africa's operators are reported to be interested in applying for LTE spectrum.
Most of South Africa's operators are reported to be interested in applying for LTE spectrum.

South Africa’s telecoms regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), has extended the deadline for companies to submit applications for spectrum on the 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz until July 30, 2010, from a previous deadline of May 28.

Under the new guidelines, bidding for the spectrum, which is suitable for the deployment of LTE services, will start at ZAR 750,000 ($98,000), according to a report from Telegeography.

Furthermore, ICASA said that it requires 2.6GHz licensees to achieve population coverage of 50% within two years of being granted spectrum.

South African operators including Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Neotel and Telkom are believed to be interested in the spectrum.