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The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

Posted in : content regulation, snippets

[26 September 2016] The Portfolio Committee for Communications met on 20 and 21 September to deliberate on the submissions made on the Films and Publications Amendment Bill 2015. Links below are to two presentations made by the Department of Communications in response to the submissions made: DOC Responses to Submissions 20 September 2016 FPA Bill: […]

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ICASA notice on individual licence transfers and historically disadvantaged groups

Posted in : individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions

[25 September 2016] MTN has lodged an application against ICASA seeking the review of an amendment effected to the Standard Terms and Conditions for Individual Licences Regulations. Notice of Motion and Founding Affidavit-23 September 2016 Rule 16a Notice 23 September 2016 The MTN application is for review of the lawfulness of regulation 2(1A) inserted into […]

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Resellers of licensed services

Posted in : licensing, snippets

[21 September 2016] We have received the following communication from ICASA regarding licence-exempt resellers of electronic communications services: “In line with compliance with the licensing framework and the related regulations, all entities that operate as resellers are required to register with the Authority prior to embarking on the activity. List of currently registered resellers in […]

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ICT sector data collection

Posted in : miscellaneous, snippets

[20 September 2016] ICASA has initiated the process for collecting the data for the second annual State of the ICT Sector Report, which will cover the period 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. The timelines involved are as follows:   ICASA letter ICT Sector Questionnaire __ The Authority requests that any comments and/or queries […]

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The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

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[18 September 2016] The Minister and Deputy-Minister appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services on 15 September 2016 to brief it on the progress being made with the roll-out. DTPS Presentation to Portfolio Committee 16 September 2016 In summary: There is a cumulative budget shortfall of R367 million from the current financial year […]

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Portfolio Committee hearings on Cost to Communicate

Posted in : competition, Consumer Affairs, snippets

[27 September 2016] Below are links to presentations made at the hearings: DTPS CSIR ISPA ICASA ___ [27 September 2016] The below update on the state of the prepaid mobile market in South Africa – presented by Research ICT Africa – provides a useful context for the current debate around the cost of mobile data […]

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ICASA

Posted in : ICASA, snippets

[18 September 2016] The Portfolio Committee on Communications has shortlisted the following for the two vacant positions on ICASA’s Council: Adv Stephen Kekana Ms Palesa Kadi Ms Nomonde Gongxeka Ms Yengwayo Kutta Adv Demakatso Qoche Mr Sydney Linder Petzer. ___ [21 August 2016] The Portfolio Committee on Communications will commence the process of interviewing and shortlisting […]

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Progress in assignments in 700/800 MHz and 2.6 GHz

Posted in : frequency, ICASA, snippets

[16 September 2016] ICASA has announced an extension for the submission of bids to 4 November 2016 (effectively 30 days from the previous deadline of 3 October 2016). All timelines applicable to the ITA will be pushed back by the same period.   __ [5 September 2016] ICASA has published its responses to the various […]

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The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill

Posted in : legislation, snippets

[7 September 2016] This Bill is expected to be presented to Cabinet this September and then introduced into Parliament early in 2017. While we wait, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has launched their new virtual cybersecurity hub website: https://www.cybersecurityhub.gov.za. ___ [9 March 2016] The Department of Justice has formed an expert panel to review […]

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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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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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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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