Review of Universal Service and Access Obligation (USAO) framework

December 29th, 2015|News, Open for comment, snippets, universal Access|

[29 December 2015] ICASA is undertaking a regulatory impact assessment (RIA) on the universal service obligations imposed on electronic communications services (ECS) and electronic communications network services (ECNS) licensees under the Electronic Communications Act of 2005.  After an initial informal consultation - RIA - USO Phase II Informal Questions Aug 2015 - ICASA has now provided [...]

Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) 15: Expanding Access to Communication Technology

July 11th, 2014|News, policy, snippets, universal Access|

[11 July 2014] The President has proclaimed 10 July 2014 as the date on which the Infrastructure Development Act 23 of 2014 came into force. Proclamation Commencement of the Infrastructure Development Act 23 of 2014 ___ [8 June 2014] The framework for SIP 15 and the other strategic integrated projects has been formalised through the [...]

National Broadband Policy 2013 – South Africa Connect: Creating Opportunities, Ensuring Inclusion

April 28th, 2014|policy, snippets, universal Access, universal Access|

Updates to this thread on the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services thread [28 April 2014] In a speech delivered to a meeting of SIP 15 on 24 April 2014 - We’re moving on broadband in difficult circumstances – but we need to be faster -  the Minister of Communications provided the following update on its progress [...]

Under-Serviced Areas Definitions Regulations, 2012

September 16th, 2012|snippets, Uncategorized, universal Access|

These regulations - published under section 88(2) of the ECA on 10 September 2012 (GG 35675) - define the term “Underserviced area” and sets out a list of district/local/ metropolitan municipalities together with percentages for Internet / Computer / Telephone/ Cellphone penetration based on the Stats SA 2007 Household Survey. Presumably these figures will be used [...]

Determination with regard to universal access and universal service

April 29th, 2011|policy, snippets, universal Access|

The Department of Communications has issued a determination under section 82(3) of the Electronic Communications Act of 2005 (“the ECA”) setting out what is to be regarded as constituting (a) universal access by all areas and communities in South Africa to electronic communications services and electronic communications network services, and (b) universal provision for all [...]

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