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The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

Posted in : content regulation, snippets

[31 August 2016] Below are links to presentations made to the Portfolio Committee during the public hearings on the Films and Publications Amendment Bill 2015: Cause for Justice Centre for Constitutional Rights Emma Sadleir Google Media Monitoring Africa & SOS Coalition Multichoice National Association of Broadcasters Press Council of SA Right2Know SABC South African Communications […]

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ICASA review of Number Portability Regulations

Posted in : Numbering, snippets

[27 August 2016] ICASA has given notice that it will conduct an inquiry into the existing number portability regulatory framework in order to assess whether there are any regulatory gaps given the significant increase in the number of licensees with access to numbering resources from the National Numbering Plan. ICASA Inquiry Number Portability Regulations Submissions […]

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ICASA

Posted in : ICASA, snippets

[21 August 2016] The Portfolio Committee on Communications will commence the process of interviewing and shortlisting candidates for the two vacant positions on the ICASA Council during September 2016. ___ [31 March 2016] The Minister of Communications has confirmed the appointment of the below individuals as ICASA councillors for 4 year terms commencing on 29 […]

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Guide to commonly-used licence-exempt frequency bands in South Africa

Posted in : frequency, snippets

[18 August 2016] ICASA has issued out a notice reminding providers of wireless networks of the need to stay within the defined licence-exempt bands. ICASA further refers to an upcoming crackdown on use of non-licence-exempt bands without the appropriate spectrum licence: from our information it looks like a new monitoring network will be launched shortly […]

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Inquiry into competition in subscription television broadcasting services

Posted in : broadcasting / DTT, competition, ICASA, snippets

[15 August 2016] The deadline for responses to the subscription television broadcasting questionnaire has been extended to 2 September 2016. ICASA extends questionnaire response deadline for Inquiry on Subscription Broadcasting Market- August 2016 ___ [19 July 2016] ICASA has released a questionnaire which will form the first stage of its inquiry into subscription television broadcasting markets. […]

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Progress in assignments in 700/800 MHz and 2.6 GHz

Posted in : frequency, ICASA, snippets

[12 August 2016] Below is a link to the founding papers filed by the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on 8 August 2016 on a semi-urgent basis for an order: Interdicting and preventing ICASA from implementing the licensing steps and process referred to or contemplated in the Invitation to Apply (“ITA”) published in the […]

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Dealing with WASP subscription services

Posted in : miscellaneous, snippets

[12 August 2016] The following advice from consumer journalist Megan Powers, writing in the Sunday Times – Power Report: The naked truth about cellphone smut ripoff: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF • Take advantage of network options to unsubscribe from Wasp subscription services.To terminate subscriptions with Vodacom, send “stop all” to 30333, for MTN dial *141*5#, and […]

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New political arrangement: Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services + Department of Communications

Posted in : ICASA, policy, snippets

[12 August 2016] One of the annexures in the court papers filed by the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services against ICASA as regards the Invitation to Apply published by the latter, is the Memorandum of Understanding entered into between the Minister of Communications and the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services setting out the basis […]

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Discussion Paper on E-Band and V-Band spectrum

Posted in : frequency, Open for comment, snippets

[2 August 2016] Set out below are the various submissions received in response to the Discussion Document On Use and Licensing Of E-Band and V-Band: Cell C Ericsson Google MTN covering letter MTN Neotel covering letter Neotel SACF Siklu Communication SWANsat covering letter SWANsat Telkom Vodacom covering letter Vodacom [20 June 2016] While this process […]

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Updated overview: Annual Licence Fee and USAF Contribution submissions

Posted in : licensing, snippets

[1 August 2016] We have updated our overview of the Annual Licence Fee and USAF contribution payments, both of which are due within six months of a licensee’s financial year-end. Those licensees with a financial year-end of 28 February are required to submit the relevant documentation and payment by 31 August.   The overview can […]

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African broadband policies

Posted in : policy, snippets

[30 July 2016] Below is a set of links to ICT, Broadband and related policies adopted or in the process of being adopted by African governments. This is not a complete list (particularly as regards Francophone Africa) and we will work on building it up. Algeria Angola Botswana Cameroon Egypt (ICT Policy) Egypt (Broadband Policy) Ethiopia […]

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ICASA Consumer Advisory Panel

Posted in : Consumer Affairs, snippets

[29 July 2016] An ICASA press release dated 29 July 2016 provides some clarity on the process being followed here: initial draft amendment regulations were published on 31 March 2016, but were found to require immediate review based on written comments received as a result a new set of “amended Draft Regulations” have now been […]

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Evaluation Panel for ICASA Council

Posted in : ICASA, Open for comment, snippets

[18 July 2016] The Minister of Communications has published a call for nominations for members of an “Evaluation Panel for the ICASA Council” to be established under the provisions of the ICASA Act dealing with performance monitoring. Nominations invited: Evaluation panel for ICASA Council The Panel is to consist of 7 members – one of […]

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ITU Questionnaires

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[15 July 2016] ICASA has released  the International Telecommunications Union’s Long Questionnaire on telecommunications statistics for 2015. ITU ICT Indicators Long Questionnaire 2016 Press release: ITU ICT Indicators Long Questionnaire 2016 Licensees are required to submit the requested information in Excel format to ictindicators@icasa.org.za by no later than 29 August 2016.  Should there be any queries […]

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The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

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[14 July 2016] The State Information Technology Agency (“SITA”) has sent out a request for tender for the provision of broadband connectivity in Gauteng Province to provide broadband access to certain government facilities located across 8 district municipalities identified for Phase 1 implementation of the SA Connect program. The request appeared on 24 June in Tender […]

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Dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

Posted in : frequency, snippets, Uncategorized

[17 June 2016] ICASA have published their findings in respect of the inquiry into dynamic and opportunistic spectrum management. Findings Document Framework for Dynamic and Opportunistic Spectrum Management There are, however, very few conclusive findings and the way forward as set out is not particularly convincing: 7 CONCLUSIONS AND THE WAY-FORWARD 7.1 The Authority noted all […]

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Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

Posted in : frequency, Open for comment, snippets

[17 June 2016] ICASA have published draft amendments to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015 for public comment: Draft Amendment Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015 The deadline for submissions is 16h00 on 5 August 2016. These should be sent to Mr Manyaapelo Richard Makgotlho, per e-mail: rmakgotlho@icasa.org.za.   The primary purpose of the proposed amendments is to […]

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Hate speech online

Posted in : content regulation, snippets

[22 May 2016] The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has published a draft “National Action Plan to combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance 2016 – 2021” which is open for comment until 30 June 2016. Hate speech online is also to be a focus of proposed Hate Crimes legislation being prepared by the […]

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Telecoms structures in proximity to runways

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[18 May 2016] The South African Civil Aviation Authority (“SACAA”) maintain a database of obstacles in proximity to runways, and have a set of guidelines and regulations governing this area. Should a service provider need to erect such a structure there is a relevant application form for the approval of obstacles, which can be completed […]

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Vodacom acquisition of Neotel

Posted in : competition, snippets

[29 April 2016] Neotel’s application for leave to appeal against the findings of the High Court regarding ownership by HDIs has been set down for hearing on 13 May 2016. ___ [21 March 2016] In a move with important implications for transformation in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, Neotel have applied for leave to appeal […]

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