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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

ZICTA seeks public input on 5G roll out

General News ZICTA seeks public input on 5G roll out

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) has opened a public consultation inviting stakeholders to provide feedback on its proposals for 5G spectrum bands.

The regulator stated that the consultation was aimed at sharing “preliminary views and plans regarding the identified spectrum to facilitate for the early rollout and commercialisation of 5G as well as to encourage immediate capacity expansion of existing broadband systems.”

By inviting feedback from stakeholders, ZICTA aims to learn more about operators’ plans for obtaining and using spectrum in order to gauge demand for the various spectrum bands that could be made available for 5G use.

Respondents have until 20th August 2021 to submit their feedback.

The information gathered via the consultation will be factored into ZICTA’s spectrum planning and licensing decisions covering several areas – among them selecting priority bands for 5G, choosing an allocation strategy, identifying bandwidth requirements for operators, creating a planning process to prepare the selected bands for use, setting out a fair and transparent licensing process to suit each available band, gauging market demand, and setting out a 5G roadmap.

ZICTA has named the 700MHz, 2.6GHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands as meeting “all requirements for low, mid and high band categories of spectrum required to meet 5G capacity and coverage requirement.”

The regulator noted that 3.5GHz spectrum in particular had “emerged as a key focus for 5G” in several other countries, and accordingly the consultation asks stakeholders whether they consider this band to be “vital to 5G deployment in Zambia.”

15 COMMENTS

  1. 5G? How about getting the operators to finally deliver nationwide coverage on 3G and 4G? Lusaka is well served, but many rural areas have NOTHING. ZICTA is already counting the $$$ from selling the 5G licenses, they should not give those out without the condition of quality services everywhere

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  2. And KZ the UK based troll and imposter, you should just be happy to have 2G on your second hand Apple 5

  3. I agree with No corruption Zambia. Why rush to 5G when operators have lamentably failed to provide a quality service on existing platforms?
    How many developed countries are on 5G right now? Most of them, and I stand to be corrected, are just in the process of developing and rolling out. So why the rush Zambia?
    Besides that, there are a lot of reported environmental and health issues surrounding 5G technology. Do we have the capacity as Zambia to effectively detect and deal with issues such as dangerous radiation levels and so forth that come with 5G technology?
    Personally, I feel Zicta has failed us in compelling phone operators to provide consumers with quality services.

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  4. Kukopela navizungu….now everything is roll out this roll out that…..so America has great influence on anything even the Language…proud to be American

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  5. Laughable indeed – when the 3G and 4G is not even performing well. Whats your plan kanshi.? Just to charge the providers and gain for doing nothing. You are embarrassing us with your njala. I never thought ZICTA was a fund raising business and not of service.
    Disaster!!!!

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  6. Whatever stakeholders say doesn’t matter. It will be politicians who will have final say depending on cuts offered.

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  7. This is welcome, however revisit your strategy of a 4th mobile operator, you don’t have the population to accommodate the 4th, you will just kill your local mobile Zambian company

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  8. What a bawbag, this Kaiser Zulu. He has ordered a non existent phone based on rumours! He is watching too much YouTube videos. Go out and play with the other children!

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  9. The government – especially if that horrible thieving corrupt PF government wins the election – surely will instruct ZICTA to issue the 5G licenses as soon as possible so that they can hive off 99% of the proceeds and hand it out to their criminal cadres as a bonus, or to some hungry church leaders as “empowerment”!

  10. And sorry KZ, iPhone 5’s don’t do 4G or 5G. Besides, they take away your phone when you get to Central Prison!

  11. Tabakapite you are just a common man. The president’s office have already pre ordered those phones. There is a difference between you a nobody and a man like me who is connected.

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