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Progress in assignments in 700/800 MHz and 2.6 GHz

2018-08-18T16:42:34+00:00August 18th, 2018|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[18 August 2018] ICASA has announced that it will hold public hearings into its Draft Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan (RFSAP) for the IMT850 band on 6 and 7 September 2018 at its Head Office. Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan for frequency band 825 to 830 MHz and 870 to 875 MHz - Draft - Public [...]

Call Termination Regulations

2018-08-18T15:55:29+00:00August 18th, 2018|competition, snippets|

[18 August 2018]ICASA has published draft “Call Termination Amendment Regulations, 2018” for public comment. Draft Call Termination Amendment Regulations 2018 The deadline for submissions is 7 September 2018 and these should be sent to ctrreview@icasa.org.za. ___ [28 June 2018] ICASA has released a briefing note with the intention of providing clarity in respect of the [...]

ICASA Inquiry to identify priority markets in the electronic communications sector

2018-08-20T09:31:51+00:00August 17th, 2018|competition, snippets|

[17 August 2018] ICASA has finalised its Inquiry into Priority Markets, having identified the following markets (in no particular order of importance) that have been prioritised for potential market reviews: Wholesale fixed access, which includes wholesale supply of asymmetric broadband origination, fixed access services and relevant facilities. Upstream infrastructure markets incorporating national transmission services and [...]

The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

2018-08-06T09:05:03+00:00August 6th, 2018|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[6 August 2018] The National Council of Provinces has scheduled meetings on this Bill. On 15 August 2018 it will receive a formal briefing from the Department of Communications after which written submissions will be considered on 22nd August. Based on its assessment of the written submissions the Select Committee may request oral presentations from [...]

Updated list of class licence holders

2018-08-04T18:38:49+00:00August 4th, 2018|licensing, snippets|

[4 August 2018] ICASA List of class licensees August 2018 ___ [11 September 2017] ICASA List of Class Licensees September 2017 ___ [31 March 2016] ICASA List of Class Licensees March 2016 ___ [23 March 2015] ICASA List of Class Licensees March 2015 ___ [13 March 2014] ICASA have released an updated version of the list of [...]

Broadcasting: Invitation to Apply for MUX 3 capacity

2018-08-03T16:51:18+00:00August 3rd, 2018|broadcasting / DTT, snippets, Uncategorized|

[3 August 2018] ICASA is inviting applications for the radio frequency spectrum for the purposes of providing a commercial subscription broadcasting service. The successful applicant will be assigned 45% capacity of the third multiplex (MUX3) to provide the service. Invitation to Apply 2018 ICASA Media Release ___ [16 September 2015] ICASA has issued out an Invitation [...]

End-user and Subscriber Service Charter

2018-08-03T11:27:54+00:00August 3rd, 2018|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[3 August 2018] We are collecting the affidavits and other court process being filed in connection with Cell C's application. Note that it is now almost two months since the regulations were meant to come into force. 6 June 2018 - Cell C founding papers ICASA response [awaiting upload] 21 June 2018 - MTN intervene [...]

ICASA review of Number Portability Regulations

2018-08-02T10:43:54+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Numbering, snippets|

[2 August 2018] ICASA has given notice to interested parties that it is undertaking a review of the Ordering System Specification Regulations 2010 to ensure they are aligned with the new number portability regime. ICASA will meet with licensees during August to get this process started. Our understanding is that this process will need to [...]

Community Broadcasting

2018-07-03T12:56:28+00:00July 3rd, 2018|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, snippets|

[3 July 2018] ICASA will be holding public hearings to provide an opportunity for those interested parties who submitted written submissions on the Draft Regulations for Community Broadcasting Services to make oral presentations. The hearings will take place on 23 July 2018 at ICASA's head office, details for which can be found at the following [...]

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

2018-06-04T10:04:21+00:00June 4th, 2018|snippets, Uncategorized|

[4 June 2018] The Department provided an update on the (lack of) progress in implementing the South Africa Connect policy to establish a National Broadband Network on 22 May 2018. Presentation on SA Connect (22 May 2018) __ [20 May 2018] The Minister and Deputy Minister presented their budget speeches to Parliament on 17 May [...]

Hate speech online

2018-06-03T22:33:21+00:00June 3rd, 2018|content regulation, snippets|

[3 June 2018] The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill was formally introduced to the Portfolio Committee for Justice and Constitutional Development on 30 May 2018. Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes Hate Speech (B9-2018) Presentation on Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (30 May 2018) __ [20 February 2017] Links to [...]

Update to the National Radio Frequency Plan

2018-06-04T09:21:44+00:00May 28th, 2018|frequency, snippets|

[28 May 2018] ICASA has published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018. Media release ___ [10 June 2017] The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has confirmed that the updated National Radio Frequency Plan has been approved by Cabinet and the updated document is expected to be gazetted by ICASA shortly. ___ [8 February 2017] [...]

SMME development in the ICT sector

2018-05-28T19:40:48+00:00May 28th, 2018|miscellaneous, policy, snippets|

[28 May 2018] The ICT SMME Development Strategy is a sector specific intervention to address challenges facing SMMEs operating in the ICT sector. It sets the policy context and defines the vision for the development of the ICT SMMEs in South Africa up to 2020, and outlines the support mechanisms required to realise this vision. [...]

The iKamva National e-Skills Institute (iNeSI)

2018-05-23T14:22:20+00:00May 23rd, 2018|miscellaneous, policy, snippets|

[23 May 2018] The Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services has called on interested organisations and members of the public to submit written comments on the iNeSI Bill. Submissions and queries can be directed to Ms Hajiera Salie per email  hsalie@parliament.gov.za and are due by 12 June 2018. iKamva National e-Skills Institute Bill B10-2018 ___ [...]

Numbering Plan Regulations 2016

2018-05-21T13:47:59+00:00May 21st, 2018|Numbering, snippets, Uncategorized|

[21 May 2018] ICASA has requested that all relevant licensees provide progress reports on the migration of machine related services to the 14-digit numbering block specified for this purpose in the interval leading up to the 28 September 2018 deadline. The three reports should adhere to the format as per the Notice below and should [...]

The (new) Department of Communications

2018-05-09T13:52:11+00:00May 9th, 2018|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[9 May 2018] Report of the Portfolio Committee on Communications - Budget Vote 3: Communications ___ [17 April 2018] Presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communications: Department of Communications Strategic Plan 2018.19 - 2020.21 ___ [28 February 2018] The Estimate of National Expenditure for the Department for the period 2018/19 - 2020/21 reveals that the [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2018-05-08T10:41:40+00:00May 8th, 2018|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[8 May 2018] The submissions made in response to the Discussion Document can be found below: American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa Business Carrier Coalition Cell C George Matlakala Internet Solutions ISPA Kagiso Media Liquid Telecom MTN MultiChoice National Association of Broadcasters Primedia Broadcasting South African Communications Forum Telkom Tracker Vodacom WAPA ___ [19 [...]

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013

2018-05-04T15:59:15+00:00May 4th, 2018|miscellaneous, snippets, Uncategorized|

[4 May 2018] The Information Regulator formed under POPI presented in Parliament on its activities since the last report in October 2017. Information Regulator Status Report 24 April 2018 The regulations required to give some substance to POPI have been submitted to the Office of the State Law Advisors for the constitutional compliance vetting process. [...]

ICASA’s Cost to Communicate Programme

2018-04-08T12:21:43+00:00April 8th, 2018|competition, snippets|

[8 April 2018] The Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises (National Council of Provinces) hosted a stakeholder briefing on reducing the cost to communicate on 27 March 2018.  Presentations were received from ICASA, Telkom, MTN and Cell C. ICASA Telkom MTN Cell C ___ [16 August 2017] ICASA presented on its cost to communicate program [...]

Inquiry into competition in subscription television broadcasting services

2018-04-04T10:53:07+00:00April 4th, 2018|broadcasting / DTT, competition, ICASA, snippets|

[4 April 2018] ICASA will be holding public hearings in respect of the the Discussion Document on the Inquiry into Subscription Television Broadcasting Services on 7 to 11 May 2018 at ICASA's offices in Sandton. Those stakeholders who provided written submissions have the opportunity to make oral presentations. Enquiries can be directed to Ms Violet [...]

ICT sector data collection

2018-03-28T10:10:46+00:00March 28th, 2018|miscellaneous, snippets|

[28 March 2018] ICASA has published the third annual State of the ICT Sector Report, which covers the 12-month period ending 30 September 2017 and can be viewed at the link below: ICASA Report on State of SA ICT Sector 2018 The report concludes with the following: The following highlights are worth noting: The high [...]

The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill

2018-03-24T18:01:08+00:00March 24th, 2018|legislation, snippets|

[24 March 2018] The Bill is still under consideration by the Portfolio Committee.... Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill [28 Feb 2018] showing proposed amendments __ [18 November 2017] The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has been presenting its responses to submissions received on the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill to the Portfolio Committee.  This includes a [...]

ICASA Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans (RFSAPs)

2018-03-23T23:55:22+00:00March 23rd, 2018|access, frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[23 March 2018] ICASA have published the following final radio frequency spectrum assignment plans: Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan for frequency band 138MHz to 143.6 MHZ Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan for frequency band 150.5 to 153 MHz Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan for frequency band 380 to 400 MHz Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2018-03-23T16:14:27+00:00March 23rd, 2018|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[23 March 2018] ICASA has given notice of the annual increase to be implemented in respect of radio frequency spectrum licence fees. The new fees will effective from 1 April 2018 and will increase by 5.3% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice Old fee (ZAR) New fee (ZAR) Unit Price per [...]

Electronic Communications Amendment Bill 2017

2018-03-16T09:20:41+00:00March 16th, 2018|legislation, News, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[16 March 2018] Below are links to presentations made by stakeholders at the Consultative Workshop held on 6 & 7 March 2018: Alliance for Affordable Internet (presentation) Black Business Council (presentation) Cell C (presentation) Convergence Partners (presentation) Free Market Foundation (presentation) FTTX Council (presentation) Hekima Advisory (presentation) ICT SMME Chamber (presentation) Independent Communications Authority of [...]

E-Band and V-Band spectrum

2018-03-16T09:15:40+00:00March 16th, 2018|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[16 March 2018] ICASA has updated the register of links in the self-regulated portion of the E Band. E-Band self-coordinated-register-February 2018 ___ [5 September 2017] ICASA has published a first register of links in the self-regulated portion of the E Band. E-Band self-coordinated-register-July 2017 ___ [29 April 2017] ICASA has published useful information on use [...]

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