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ICASA’s Cost to Communicate Programme

2019-03-17T17:41:49+02:00March 17th, 2019|competition, snippets|

[15 March 2019] Below is a link to ICASA's latest presentation in Parliament on its progress in lowering the cost to communicate: ICASA Presentation on Cost to Communicate 26 February 2019 There are currently four central components to ICASA’s efforts: Reductions to call termination rates: new glide path into effect from 1 October 2018, valid [...]

Electronic Communications Amendment Bill 2018

2019-02-15T17:00:54+02:00February 13th, 2019|legislation, News, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[13 February 2019] We have been provided with a copy of the letter effecting the withdrawal of the Bill. Letter to Portfolio Committee Chair 12 February 2019 The letter suggests that: the Department has already engaged with some stakeholders about this process; and we are likely to have a further policy review process prior to [...]

Hate speech online

2018-12-12T00:31:40+02:00December 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 [...]

The iKamva National e-Skills Institute (iNeSI)

2018-11-20T11:03:27+02:00November 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 [...]

National Gambling Act & ISPs

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

Broadcasting: Invitation to Apply for MUX 3 capacity

2018-08-03T16:51:18+02:00August 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 [...]

SMME development in the ICT sector

2018-05-28T19:40:48+02:00May 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. [...]

National e-Strategy

2017-12-12T18:43:32+02:00November 10th, 2017|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[11 November 2017] The finalised National e-Strategy Digital Society South Africa has been published in the Government Gazette: National e-Strategy Digital Society South Africa __ [10 April 2017] The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has published for comment a draft National e-Strategy under section 5{3) of the Electronic Communications and Transaction Act of 2002. [...]

Domain Name Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations

2017-11-10T19:17:23+02:00November 10th, 2017|miscellaneous, snippets|

[10 November 2017] The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has published further, extensive amendments to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations. ECTA Regulations - Alternative Dispute Resolution - Amendment __ [12 December 2015] This proposed amendment has now been effected. Amendment of Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations Regulation 2 of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations issued [...]

Portfolio Committee hearings on Cost to Communicate

2017-11-05T13:28:02+02:00November 5th, 2017|competition, Consumer Affairs, snippets|

[5 November 2017] The DTPS presented on the cost to communicate before the Telecommunications and Postal Services Portfolio Committee on 31 December 2017. A presentation on data pricing trends was also made by Research ICT Africa. DTPS presentation on Cost to Communicate 31 October 2017 Research ICT Africa presentation on Cost to Communicate 31 October 2017 [...]

National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper

2018-03-28T11:13:01+02:00October 21st, 2017|policy, snippets|

[17 November 2017] The Electronic Communications Amendment Bill - a major instrument through which the White Paper is to be implemented was published for public comment on 17 November 2017.  Updates __ [21 October 2017] The Minister and the Department presented their plans to introduce legislation into Parliament to further the implementation of aspects of the ICT [...]

Vodacom acquisition of Neotel

2017-04-11T15:36:14+02:00April 11th, 2017|competition, snippets|

[11 April 2017] We have obtained a copy of the judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal, which confirms that the appeal lodged by Neotel was dismissed on a legal technicality. Judgment - Neotel (Pty) Ltd v Telkom SOC others __ [20 March 2017] The Supreme Court of Appeal has declined Neotel's appeal. The finding [...]

BEE ICT Sector Code

2017-02-21T13:25:16+02:00January 30th, 2017|News, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[30 January 2017]  The B-BBEE ICT Sector Council presented on its progress in implementing the ICT Sector Code to the Portfolio Committee for Telecommunications and Postal Services on 24 January 2017. The Council noted that – since it was established in September 2015 – it has: Consulted with the ICT Industry as part of the [...]

ISPs tell mobile networks to open up | TechCentral

2016-11-07T10:07:53+02:00November 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The Internet Service Providers’ Association (Ispa) on Monday called on South Africa’s mobile operators to “embrace the open-access spirit” of government’s national integrated ICT policy white paper by launching “genuine wholesale service offerings”. This, the association said Source: ISPs tell mobile networks to open up | TechCentral

White paper ‘broadly positive’: ISP body | TechCentral

2016-11-02T11:09:01+02:00November 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

A body that represents the bulk of South Africa’s Internet service provider community has described government’s national integrated ICT policy white paper as “broadly positive”, but warned against lack of proper implementation. The white paper, which has Source: White paper ‘broadly positive’: ISP body | TechCentral

ICASA notice on individual licence transfers and historically disadvantaged groups

2017-03-03T08:49:24+02:00October 26th, 2016|individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions|

[26 October 2016] ICASA has published a Notice which effectively deletes regulation 2(1A), reversing the amendment which MTN had taken issue with. Notice repealing Regulation 2(1A) Presumably this represents the end of the MTN application. ___ [25 September 2016] MTN has lodged an application against ICASA seeking the review of an amendment effected to the [...]

Numbering applications

2016-10-19T11:06:28+02:00October 19th, 2016|Numbering, snippets|

[19 October 2016] ICASA have indicated that any applications for numbering submitted in the incorrect format will be rejected; the updated application form can be downloaded at the link below. Ellipsis is able to assist with this process, please contact Sumaiyah Makda (Sam) for further information. Application form ___ [23 October 2014] The documents below are no [...]

State of play: Broadband Infraco

2019-07-29T23:52:21+02:00October 15th, 2016|miscellaneous, snippets|

[15 October 2016] As presented to the Portfolio Committee for Telecommunications and Postal Services on 13 October 2016. Broadband Infraco Annual Report 2015/16 Presentation of Broadband Infraco Annual Report 2015/16 __ [3 October 2015] Presentations made to the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services indicate that some form of intervention by its shareholders - [...]

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