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Dear Editor, The article published in The Daily Maverick (and EngineerIT July 2012) by Hans van de Groedendaal refers. The author alleges that ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) is stifling broadband by not making available the E-Band. The ICASA would like to point out that the 71 – 76 and 81 – 86 GHz bands (widely known as “E-Band”) are permitted worldwide for ultra-high capacity point-to-point communications. Wireless regulators in the USA, UK and many other countries have introduced “light licensing” schemes for managing this band. In South Africa the band is available for use as point to point links but there hasn’t been an uptake as the current fees are prohibitively high for these systems. Paseka Maleka, ICASA… (more)