ICASA issues warning to all illegal frequency users

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has issued a warning on the illegal use of frequencies outside the allocated license free frequency band of 2,4 GHz and 5,8 GHz.


ICASA has received numerous complaints of radio interference by licensed radio spectrum users who operate in the adjacent frequencies to the 2,4 GHz and 5,8 GHz license-free radio bands. These illegal users have knowingly and unlawfully modified their radio apparatus to operate outside the “license free band”. This is in violation of the Electronic Communications Act, Act No 36 of 2005, sections 31 and 32.


The warning also warns the public that any users operating outside the license free bands without the required radio spectrum licenses shall result in the radio apparatus being seized and dealt with by a court of law.


You are advised to refer to Government Gazette No 38641 of 30 March 2015 for any further information.


Tel: (051) 4115900

Enquires: ddrew@icasa.org.za

For more information on ICASA, please visit their website on:  www.icasa.org.za


Here is a list of available frequencies:


All usage of these bands is on a “no-protection-no-interference-basis” and is secondary to the primary allocations in the band. Users are required to:

  • Not use frequency falling outside of these bands unless they have a radio frequency spectrum licence.
  • Use the frequency falling inside these bands in accordance with the technical restrictions set out in the Radio Regulations 2015 (Annexure B)1 .


Failing to honour this commitment is an offence under the Electronic Communications Act of 2005 and the Radio Regulations 2015. Illegal usage creates interference with lawful users such as the SANDF and other operators which result in enforcement action and damage to the reputation of the industry.



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