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Workers lay fibre optic cables for Wi-Fi internet connections. South Africa’s poor internet access is set to persist now that the spectrum allocation has been delayed again


The Pretoria High Court issued an order on March 8 preventing the Independent Communications Authority (Icasa) from continuing the auction of broadband spectrum. The spectrum award was due to take place this month. It would have been the first time in 15 years that mobile and internet operators could bid for spectrum.

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