SA Telecoms – Rather late than never

On 2 October 2020, ICASA published the invitation to apply (ITA) for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum. We provide a detailed assessment of the IMT ITA, in terms of the obligations, reserve prices, spectrum caps and other conditions. If the spectrum auction does proceed as per the current ITA terms and conditions, then this we believe would be broadly positive for the two incumbent mobile operators.