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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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Inquiry into competition in subscription television broadcasting services

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

[19 July 2016] ICASA has released a questionnaire which will form the first stage of its inquiry into subscription television broadcasting markets. Subscription television broadcasting questionnaire_Final Version (.xlsx) Note that this questionnaire solicits information from the usual suspects, as well as Video-on-Demand, streaming and Over-The-Top providers. The following process is to be followed: Information gathering in accordance with […]

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Progress in assignments in 700/800 MHz and 2.6 GHz

Posted in : frequency, ICASA, snippets

[17 July 2016] ICASA have published an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for a Radio Frequency Spectrum licence to provide mobile broadband wireless access services for urban and rural areas in the complimentary bands, 700MHz, 800MHz and 2.6GHz. The focus in assigning these bands is to further the aims of the National Development Plan and SA Connect […]

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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 12 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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Discussion Paper on E-Band and V-Band spectrum

Posted in : frequency, Open for comment, snippets

[20 June 2016] While this process was understood to have as its goal the amendment of the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP 2013) to reflect new allocations for these bands, ICASA have opted instead to include its proposals in a set of draft amendments to the Radio Regulations 2015. This is to be done through […]

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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

Posted in : miscellaneous, snippets

[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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The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

Posted in : content regulation, snippets

[8 May 2016] This is a final document which will come into force on a date to be published by the Minister of Communications in the Government Gazette… FPB Online Regulation Policy 2016 And our summary: Overview of the Films and Publications Board Online Regulation Policy 2016 __ [19 April 2016] We have tried to […]

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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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National Gambling Policy 2016

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[26 April 2016] The National Gambling Policy 2016 was published on 1 April 2016 under the National Gambling Act 2004. National Gambling Policy 2016 The following excerpt is relevant to Internet service providers in South Africa: 4.7.4 The NGR must establish and maintain a register of illegal gambling operators to ensure that these operators are […]

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The (new) Department of Communications

Posted in : policy, snippets, Uncategorized

[20 April 2016] Department of Communications Strategic Plan 2015.16 – 2019.20 ___ [8 August 2015] Annual Performance Plan 2015/16 – 2017/18 Strategic Plan Medium-Term Period 2015/16 – 2019/20 ___ [1 June 2015] The Portfolio Committee on Communications debated and then adopted its report on the Budget Vote of the Department of Communications on 12 May 2015. Committee […]

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USAASA and the Universal Service and Access Fund (USAF)

Posted in : snippets, Uncategorized, universal Access

[20 April 2016] USAASA 2017-2021 Strategic Plan __ [5 November 2015] Universal Service And Access Agency of South Africa Annual Report 2014/15 (32MB) USAF Annual Report 2014/15 (28 MB) USAASA USAF Annual Report 2014/15 Presentation  

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The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013

Posted in : miscellaneous, snippets, Uncategorized

[15 April 2016] There has been some progress with the finalisation of a shortlist of ten nominations for the five positions on the information regulator to be formed under the Protection of Personal Information Act. The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services shortlisted: Pansy Tlakula, Johannes Weapond, David Taylor, Advocate Lebogang Stroom, Lindelo Snail, Siyakhula Simelane, Thav […]

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ICT sector data collection

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[5 April 2016] ICASA has published its first Report on the state of the ICT sector in South Africa, covering the year up to end September 2015. ICASA Report on State of SA ICT Sector 2016 ICASA highlighted the following findings as valuable: The telecommunications sector generated about R147 billion in revenue, the TV broadcasting sector […]

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South Africa at WRC 2015

Posted in : frequency, snippets, Uncategorized

[3 April 2016] A release from the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services notes that the 41 person strong SA delegation to WRC 2015 “played a significant role in securing major outcomes for spectrum management to be integrated into national regulatory arrangements over the next 12 months”. Outcomes of WRC-2015 in Geneva, Switzerland Final Acts WRC-15 […]

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End-user and Subscriber Service Charter

Posted in : Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets

[3 April 2016] Final regulations have been published. EUSSC Regulations 2016 ___ [22 October 2015] ICASA has withdrawn the draft published on 9 October 2015 and published a new version. Draft End User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations (21 October 2015) The new closing date for submissions is 16h00 on Wednesday 2 December 2015. ____ […]

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