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ICASA review of Number Portability Regulations

2018-12-18T17:14:40+00:00Dec 18th, 2018|Numbering, snippets|

[18 December 2018] ICASA has published a Draft Ordering System Specification for Number Portability for public comment. The Draft Ordering System Specification for Number Portability The Draft OSS covers porting of geographic, non-geographic and mobile numbers and has been published in terms of the Number Portability Regulations 2018. Written submissions are due by 16h00 on Wednesday [...]

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013

2018-12-14T15:44:04+00:00Dec 14th, 2018|miscellaneous, snippets, Uncategorized|

[14 December 2018] Final regulations under the Protection of Personal Information Act have been published in the Government Gazette of 14 December 2018. Regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information, 2018 Regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information, 2018 (Afrikaans) __ [4 May 2018] The Information Regulator formed under POPI presented in Parliament [...]

Type Approval

2018-12-14T13:50:17+00:00Dec 14th, 2018|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[14 December 2018] ICASA has published a Draft Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorization which seeks to review and modernise the manner in which electronic communications equipment is assessed and authorised. This follows on from the Position Paper on Equipment Type Approval Exemption published on 31 March 2017 (see below). The Draft Conformity Assessment Framework for [...]

Amendment of licensing regulations

2018-12-12T20:43:13+00:00Dec 12th, 2018|class licence registrations and applications, compliance, individual licence applications, individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions|

[12 December 2018] ICASA has published amendments to these 2010 Regulations which have the effect of exempting state-owned enterprises from having to comply with the requirement that they have 30% HDI ownership when applying to renew their individual licences. Licensing Processes and Procedures for Individual Licences Amendment Regulations, 2018 There was no public participation process undertaken [...]

Hate speech online

2018-12-12T00:31:40+00:00Dec 12th, 2018|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[12 December 2018] The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has invited stakeholders and interested persons to submit written submissions on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill 2018. Submissions must be received by no later than 31 January 2019, with public hearings to be scheduled thereafter. Submissions and enquiries [...]

ICASA’s Cost to Communicate Programme

2018-12-03T13:01:32+00:00Dec 3rd, 2018|competition, snippets|

[3 December 2018] ICASA presented on its cost to communicate program on 26 November 2018. ICASA Presentation Cost to Communicate 26 November 2018 ___ [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 [...]

Electronic Communications Amendment Bill 2018

2018-12-03T12:41:55+00:00Dec 3rd, 2018|legislation, News, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[3 December 2018] Submissions and presentations made on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill [B31-2018] can be found at the links below: ABT Africa Group Acacia Economics Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals Broadband Infraco Business Unity South Africa ISPA Koboro Liquid Media Monitoring Africa Mr George Buthelezi MTN (letter) | MTN (submission) | MTN [...]

The Cybercrimes Bill

2018-11-24T18:57:27+00:00Nov 24th, 2018|legislation, snippets|

[24 November 2018] The Cybercrimes Bill was adopted by the Portfolio Committee for Justice and Correctional Services on 7 November 2018 and will now go to the National Assembly for debate on 27 November 2018. __ [30 October 2018] The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development presented a radically amended version of the Bill to the [...]

Official list of Regulated Standards for Technical Equipment and Electronic Communications Facilities

2018-11-23T23:13:13+00:00Nov 23rd, 2018|snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[23 November 2018] ICASA has published proposed amendments to its official list of regulated standards for technical equipment and electronic communications facilities for comment. Notice of intention to amend the regulations of the official list of regulated Standards for Technical Equipment and Electronic Communications Facilities Submissions are due by 16h00 on 10 January 2018 and [...]

ICASA inquiry into mobile broadband services competition

2018-11-24T16:08:05+00:00Nov 20th, 2018|competition, cost to communicate, ICASA, Open for comment, snippets|

[16 November 2018] ICASA has given notice of its intention to investigate levels of competition in the mobile data services value chain and to assess whether any regulatory interventions are required in order to stimulate competition. ICASA Media Release Notice of Intention to Conduct Market Inquiry into Mobile Broadband Services Mobile Broadband Inquiry Questionnaire Mobile [...]

Roadmap for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in South Africa

2018-11-16T15:39:24+00:00Nov 16th, 2018|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[16 November 2018] ICASA Media Release: Draft International Mobile Telephony (IMT) roadmap ___ [10 November 2018] ICASA has published a new draft road-map for IMT in South Africa for public comment. Draft international mobile telecommunications road-map (9 November 2018) Written representations - including a Microsoft Word version - must be submitted by no later than 16h00 [...]

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

2018-11-16T15:10:58+00:00Nov 16th, 2018|snippets, Uncategorized|

[16 November 2018] Responses by the Department to questions posed in respect of the SA Connect presentation can be found at the link below. DTPS responses ___ [6 November 2018] The Department presented a further update on the implementation of phase 1 of SA Connect. It is noteworthy that this presentation is far more detailed [...]

ICT sector data collection

2018-11-16T13:20:29+00:00Nov 16th, 2018|miscellaneous, snippets|

[16 November 2018] ICASA has issued a reminder to stakeholders that the State of the ICT Sector Questionnaire is due on 30 November 2018. ICASA ICT Sector Report Reminder ___ [28 September 2018] ICASA has initiated the process for collecting the data for the 2018 State of the ICT Sector Report, which will cover the [...]

The iKamva National e-Skills Institute (iNeSI)

2018-11-20T11:03:27+00:00Nov 16th, 2018|miscellaneous, policy, snippets|

[16 November 2018] The Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services, following a number of deliberations on the Bill has recommended that the redrafted Bill be adopted by the House. The Bill has been amended to strengthen the governance and management arrangements of the Institute, and the title amended to more accurately reflect the nature [...]

End-user and Subscriber Service Charter

2018-11-16T16:22:40+00:00Nov 16th, 2018|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[16 November 2018] ICASA, Cell C and MTN have reached a settlement, the terms of which indicate an implementation date for the EUSSC Amendment Regulations of 28 February 2019. The ICASA media statement can be found below. ICASA Media release ___ [15 September 2018] It is now 100 days since the amendments were meant to [...]

The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

2018-10-30T13:52:42+00:00Oct 30th, 2018|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[30 October 2018] The Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises met to finalise this Bill on 24 October 2018, which they duly did. The Bill will now be referred to the President for signature. __ [20 October 2018] The Select Committee for Communications and Publications has published a list of amendments which it proposes to [...]

Frequency Migration Regulations and Frequency Migration Plan

2018-10-29T13:09:09+00:00Oct 29th, 2018|frequency, snippets|

[29 October 2018] Submissions made in respect of the Draft Radio Frequency Migration Plan Regulations 2018 can be found below: Cell C COCT (A) COCT (B) Denel eMedia Huawei Intelsat Liquid Telecom SA MTN Multichoice, MNET & Orbicom Netstar Nokia SABC Telkom Transnet Vodacom ___ [24 August 2018] ICASA has issued an invitation to interested [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Data Services Market

2018-10-23T08:16:31+00:00Oct 22nd, 2018|competition, Open for comment, snippets|

[19 October 2018] Please see below for presentations made at the public hearings: Alliance for Affordable Internet Amandla Mobi DG Murray Trust Media Monitoring Africa Internet Service Providers Association Right2Know Research ICT Africa Broadband Infraco Cell C ECN Kuziva Muzondo MTN Telkom / BRG Vodacom (Letter) Vodacom (Submission) ___ [5 October 2018] The Commission has issued [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2018-10-18T11:34:52+00:00Oct 18th, 2018|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[10 October 2018] ellipsis overview - draft policy directions on the WOAN and spectrum october 2018 ___ [8 October 2018] ICASA has formally withdrawn its “Invitation to apply for a radio frequency spectrum licence to provide mobile broadband wireless access services for urban and rural areas using the complimentary bands 700MHz, 800MHz and 2.6GHz” published on [...]

Dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

2018-10-09T17:20:45+00:00Oct 9th, 2018|frequency, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[9 October 2018] ICASA has issued a tender invitation to higher learning and research institutions to submit proposals on the development, implementation, hosting and management of the Reference Geo-Location Spectrum Database (R-GLSD) at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to enable the implementation of the Television White Spaces Regulations. Closing date is 23 October [...]

Call Termination Regulations

2018-09-28T15:19:13+00:00Sep 28th, 2018|competition, snippets|

[28 September 2018] ICASA has published the finalised Call Termination Regulations, which will come into effect on 1 October 2018. Call Termination Amendment Regulations, 2018 ___ [26 September 2018] ICASA has published a media release confirming that a new call termination rate regime will be in place from 1 October 2018. ICASA to publish final [...]

ICASA Council

2018-10-05T08:09:14+00:00Sep 25th, 2018|ICASA, snippets|

[25 September 2018] ICASA has published several Council decisions for 2018: 6 March 2018 20 March 2018 27 March 2018 28 March 2018 26 June 2018 ___ [12 March 2018] After somewhat of a hiatus, ICASA has begun publishing records of Council decisions once again: May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 [...]

National Gambling Act & ISPs

2018-09-02T22:47:51+00:00Sep 1st, 2018|miscellaneous, snippets|

[2 September 2018] The National Gambling Amendment Bill [B27-2018] was introduced into the Portfolio Committee for Trade and Industry on 21 August 2018. Of interest to Internet service providers and related industries are two new proposed provisions to be inserted into the National Gambling Act: Proposed subsection 8(4) sets out a prohibition on “a person” providing [...]

ICASA Inquiry to identify priority markets in the electronic communications sector

2018-08-20T09:31:51+00:00Aug 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 [...]

Updated list of class licence holders

2018-08-04T18:38:49+00:00Aug 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+00:00Aug 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 [...]

Community Broadcasting

2018-07-03T12:56:28+00:00Jul 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 [...]

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. [...]

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