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One of the central challenges facing South Africa is building an inclusive digital society and ensuring that electronic communications play an optimal role in addressing socio-economic challenges.


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

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[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 […]

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Review of Universal Service and Access Obligation (USAO) framework

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[7 June 2014] ICASA has finalised this review process through the publication of amended universal service obligations on 4 June 2014. These are effective as at 1 April 2014. Cell C Amended Universal Service Obligations June 2014 MTN Amended Universal Service Obligations June 2014 Neotel Amended Universal Service Obligations June 2014 Vodacom Amended Universal Service […]

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

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[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 in implementing the SA Connect Policy: A conference of all public and private […]

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Outline of the ICT Policy Review Process

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[13 April 2013] It is easy to get a bit confused about what exactly is happening with SA electronic communications policy, so the Department of Communications has published an outline of the ICT Policy Review Process to shed some light on the matter. Outline of the ICT Policy Review Process April 2013 In April 2012, […]

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Under-Serviced Areas Definitions Regulations, 2012

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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 […]

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Determination with regard to universal access and universal service

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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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Inquiry into definition of "underserviced" in Cell C licence

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Download the ICASA Inquiry into the Definition of Under-serviced Area in the Cell C Licence (PDF) Note on the ICASA Inquiry into the definition of Under Serviced Area (USA) in the Cell C licence Due: 30 July 2008 This is an Inquiry in terms of section 4B of the ICASA Act which flows directly from […]

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