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Competition Commission Inquiry into Data Services Market

2018-10-23T08:16:31+00:00October 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 [...]

The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

2018-10-20T22:22:11+00:00October 20th, 2018|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[20 October 2018] The Select Committee for Communications and Publications has published a list of amendments which it proposes to the Film and Publications Amendment Bill as received from the Portfolio Committee for Communications, Films and Publications Amendment Bill Select Committee Proposed Amendments There are three proposed amendments, two of which are technical while the [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2018-10-18T11:34:52+00:00October 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overview - draft policy directions on the WOAN and spectrum october 2018 ___ [8 October 2018] ICASA has formally withdrawn its “Invitation to apply for a radio frequency spectrum licence to provide mobile broadband wireless access services for urban and rural areas using the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+00:00October 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 [...]

End-user and Subscriber Service Charter

2018-10-16T08:25:19+00:00October 9th, 2018|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[15 September 2018] It is now 100 days since the amendments were meant to come into force. The only reason consumers are still waiting for the relief which these amendments introduce is because ICASA decided to litigate rather than mitigate. ___ [6 September 2018] We are collecting the affidavits and other court process being filed [...]

ICASA review of Number Portability Regulations

2018-10-03T12:42:40+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Numbering, snippets|

[3 October 2018] ICASA has published a new set of regulations and an accompanying reasons document. Number Portability Regulations 2018 Number Portability Regulations 2018 Reasons Document These regulations replace those published on 28 March 2018. ICASA cites an error in regulation 14 which held that the regulations would be repealed on the date they come [...]

ICT sector data collection

2018-09-28T13:11:20+00:00September 28th, 2018|miscellaneous, snippets|

[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 period 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018. The timelines involved are as follows: Date Activity 28 September - 30 November 2018 Questionnaire completed by the industry 3 December [...]

Call Termination Regulations

2018-09-28T15:19:13+00:00September 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+00:00September 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 [...]

Electronic Communications Amendment Bill 2018

2018-09-23T23:37:35+00:00September 22nd, 2018|legislation, News, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[22 September 2018] The Bill was formally tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018 and this is the version which is to be debated. Electronic Communications Amendment Bill [B31-2018] The Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services has provided an aggressive timeline for its consideration of the Bill: 9 October Briefing on the Electronic Communications [...]

National Gambling Act & ISPs

2018-09-02T22:47:51+00:00September 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+00:00August 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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