NEW RADIO FREQUENCY SPECTRUM ASSIGNMENT PLAN
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) released on 22nd of May 2020 the “Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan” for the frequency band 2500 to 2690 MHz.
The purpose of this RFSAP is to state the requirements for the utilization of the frequency band 2500 to 2690 MHz for IMT2600.
The Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan provides information on the requirements attached to the use of a frequency band in line
with the allocation and other information in the National Radio Frequency Plan.
This information includes technical characteristics of radio systems, frequency channelling, coordination and details on required migration of existing users of the band and the expected method of assignment. 2.4 The Authority has opted for a TDD channel arrangement C3 from the Recommendation ITU-R M.1034-6 to increase the usable bandwidth of IMT2600 to 190 MHz.
Moreover, the increased bandwidth will allow the prospective incumbents to realize the capabilities of IMT2020 systems which require the bandwidth ranges of 80 to 100 MHz.
The ITU states that IMT systems are mobile systems that provide access to a wide range of telecommunication services including advanced mobile services, supported by mobile and fixed networks, which are increasingly packet-based. The ITU is the internationally recognized entity that has sole responsibility to define and to recommend the standards and frequency arrangements for IMT systems.
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