Communications regulator Icasa mentioned on Monday that it’s going to delay by a month publication of the names of the bidders who’ve certified to participate in South Africa’s upcoming spectrum public sale.
The authority had deliberate to publish the names as we speak – 22 February – however will now solely accomplish that on 23 March, it mentioned, with out offering a motive for this choice.
It mentioned it signifies that the “public sale part”, which is made up of, amongst different issues, a bidder seminar, a mock public sale and the precise motion, will begin by 31 March.
Icasa had at all times deliberate to finish the public sale course of by the tip of March, although that has been thrown into query after Telkom and MTN independently took the regulator to courtroom over features of the invitation to use to take part within the course of.
“One of many crucial milestones is the conclusion of a contract with the exterior and impartial auctioneer, who shall be overseeing and managing the whole public sale course of,” Icasa mentioned.
‘Not off the observe’
“The conclusion of a contract and appointment of the service supplier for the public sale stays a key issue, and we stay assured that we aren’t off the observe however in a greater place to finish the licensing of high-demand spectrum,” mentioned Icasa chairman Keabetswe Modimoeng.
Modimoeng mentioned the method shall be concluded with the “mandatory velocity” however “with out untoward haste”, including that the licensing of high-demand spectrum is “imminent”. Clearly, Icasa is hoping the MTN and Telkom lawsuits — and different hurdles nonetheless to disclose themselves — don’t derail issues. — © 2021 NewsCentral Media