As telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) prepares to issue new radio frequency spectrum to mobile operators, connecting areas outside urban centres continues to be a sore point.

While operators MTN and Vodacom say they have been able to provide about 96% of the population with 4G coverage, even without appropriate spectrum, Icasa says less than 70% of the country has access to mobile broadband services, making this a contentious issue. ..

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