South African Regulator Publishes White Space Regulations
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | Comments

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published regulations on the use of television white space (TVWS), marking a step forward in enabling affordable broadband in the country, executives said.

TVWS technologies use unused or unassigned spectrum in the UHF and VHF bands and operate on a secondary basis without causing interference to primary users, such as TV broadcasters and broadcast licensees. TVWS technology has long been championed by the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) for its strength in providing connectivity over large geographical areas. Many TVWS projects for commercial applications are operational around the world to deliver connectivity to those that are difficult to reach.

Earlier this year, DSA published its new model rules for TVWS technology to provide governments, policy makers and regulators with the tools necessary to enable the quick and efficient deployment of TVWS networks.

New regulations are being considered in a number of other countries in Africa including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique and Tanzania, DSA executives said.

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