TECH SUPPLIER Apr 2020 - Market Perspective - Doc # META45202020

Spectrum Allocation: South African Readiness and Challenges

By: Sabelo DlaminiSenior Research and Consulting Manager

Abstract

This IDC Market Perspective reports on the status of mobile broadband spectrum allocation in South Africa. It takes a deep dive into the state of readiness and challenges of spectrum allocation, sheds light on potential 5G spectrum allocation and deployments, and concludes with recommendations for telcos, ISPs, and the national regulator.

"A key challenge of spectrum allocation in South Africa is that spectrum is currently used for analog broadcasting due to delays in digital migration. As the pressure mounts, the regulator may be forced to allocate both 4G/LTE and 5G spectrum at the same time. This will pose a challenge to operators in prioritizing specific spectrum bands. Even after obtaining spectrum, they will have to invest substantially in infrastructure deployment." — Senior Research and Consulting Manager Sabelo Dlamini, IDC South Africa


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