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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 - [...]

Resellers of licensed services

2017-06-26T08:49:09+02:00September 21st, 2016|compliance, licensing, snippets|

[21 September 2016] We have received the following communication from ICASA regarding licence-exempt resellers of electronic communications services: “In line with compliance with the licensing framework and the related regulations, all entities that operate as resellers are required to register with the Authority prior to embarking on the activity. List of currently registered resellers in [...]

Guide to commonly-used licence-exempt frequency bands in South Africa

2016-08-18T08:07:20+02:00August 18th, 2016|frequency, snippets|

[18 August 2016] ICASA has issued out a notice reminding providers of wireless networks of the need to stay within the defined licence-exempt bands. ICASA further refers to an upcoming crackdown on use of non-licence-exempt bands without the appropriate spectrum licence: from our information it looks like a new monitoring network will be launched shortly [...]

Dealing with WASP subscription services

2017-04-06T16:37:18+02:00August 12th, 2016|miscellaneous, snippets|

[12 August 2016] The following advice from consumer journalist Megan Powers, writing in the Sunday Times - Power Report: The naked truth about cellphone smut ripoff: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF Take advantage of network options to unsubscribe from Wasp subscription services.To terminate subscriptions with Vodacom, send "stop all" to 31050, for MTN dial *141*5#, and for [...]

New political arrangement: Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services + Department of Communications

2017-05-10T12:04:10+02:00August 12th, 2016|ICASA, policy, snippets|

[12 August 2016] One of the annexures in the court papers filed by the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services against ICASA as regards the Invitation to Apply published by the latter, is the Memorandum of Understanding entered into between the Minister of Communications and the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services setting out the basis [...]

Ministers row with state firms | IOL

2016-08-05T19:05:22+02:00August 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A series of public spats between cabinet ministers, state companies and departments are exposing divisions in the ruling party. Source: Ministers row with state firms | IOL

Evaluation Panel for ICASA Council

2017-03-02T14:24:47+02:00July 19th, 2016|ICASA, Open for comment, snippets|

[18 July 2016] The Minister of Communications has published a call for nominations for members of an "Evaluation Panel for the ICASA Council" to be established under the provisions of the ICASA Act dealing with performance monitoring. Nominations invited: Evaluation panel for ICASA Council The Panel is to consist of 7 members - one of [...]

What more can be done to deliver fibre connectivity across South Africa? – Memeburn

2017-03-02T09:39:48+02:00July 13th, 2016|access|

It seems like we hear news of fibre developments every other week, as the likes of MTN, Vodacom, Vumatel and Telkom announce suburbs and projects. There’s no denying that many projects take place in affluent suburbs, but even living in a well-off suburb isn’t a guarantee of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity. What can be done to ensure that fibre [...]

Telecoms structures in proximity to runways

2016-05-18T21:06:36+02:00May 18th, 2016|miscellaneous, snippets|

[18 May 2016] The South African Civil Aviation Authority (“SACAA”) maintain a database of obstacles in proximity to runways, and have a set of guidelines and regulations governing this area. Should a service provider need to erect such a structure there is a relevant application form for the approval of obstacles, which can be completed [...]

Local ISPs voice strong support for net neutrality | TechCentral

2016-04-29T09:54:09+02:00April 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The Internet Service Providers' Association (Ispa), the body that represents most of South Africa's ISPs, has again reiterated that it supports the concept of network neutrality. It said in a statement on Friday that there should be no blocking Source: Local ISPs voice strong support for net neutrality | TechCentral

UN report tough on SA govt surveillance | ITWeb

2016-04-04T10:45:41+02:00April 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A UN report says government needs to increase the transparency of its surveillance policy and establish independent oversight mechanisms. A new repor.. Source: UN report tough on SA govt surveillance | ITWeb

Inquiry into infrastructure sharing

2016-04-03T16:17:21+02:00March 31st, 2016|competition, snippets|

[31 March 2016] Moving with laudable speed, ICASA has published a Findings Document on the Regulatory Framework on Electronic Communications Infrastructure: Findings Document Regulatory Framework on Electronic Communications Infrastructure The regulator has concluded that infrastructure sharing is already accommodated under the existing Facilities Leasing Regulations 2010, with greater attention to be paid to the enforcement of [...]

Regulation of OTT services / Net Neutrality in South Africa

2017-03-03T12:45:26+02:00March 16th, 2016|policy, snippets|

[16 March 2016] We have obtained a copy of the final report of the Portfolio Committee for Telecommunications and Postal Services on the discussion of possible regulation of OTTs hosted by the Committee on 26 January 2016. 20160308 PCTPS Final Report on OTTs It is noteworthy that the report is more in the form of [...]

Policy direction on effective competition in broadband markets

2017-05-10T15:18:21+02:00March 4th, 2016|snippets|

[4 March 2016] The final policy direction has been published. Policy Direction Broadband Pricing The substance of the policy direction has been distilled to its essence - that ICASA must proceed urgently to use its pro-competitive power under Chapter 10 of the Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005 to create a regulatory framework that promotes [...]

Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2015

2015-12-07T08:38:21+02:00December 7th, 2015|broadcasting / DTT, legislation, snippets|

[7 December 2015] As introduced into Parliament by the Minister of Communications on 4 December 2015: Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2015 [B39-2015] ___ [15 November 2015] The Department of Communications has published a notice in the Gazette revealing its intention to introduce a Bill during November to amend the Broadcasting Act of 1999. Explanatory Summary Broadcasting Amendment [...]

Outstanding spectrum licence fees

2015-11-17T07:59:02+02:00November 17th, 2015|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[17 November 2015] ICASA has published a notice in various newspapers calling on licensees with outstanding annual radio frequency spectrum licence fees to attend to payment as soon as possible. Newspaper Notice Spectrum Debtors 2 October 2015 There are 21 049 entries in the spreadsheet...

Scary new Internet censorship law for South Africa

2015-10-20T19:57:13+02:00October 20th, 2015|Media Mentions, Uncategorized|

Ellipsis director and regulatory expert Dominic Cull highlighted that it is not significant that the bill has been approved by Cabinet.“The debate only begins when the bill is introduced in Parliament,” said Cull. “Don’t expect the bill to look the same coming out as it did going in.”Cull said the process of drafting an online content [...]

Joint Launch of the Gender and ICT Strategy & Children and ICT Strategy

2017-03-03T12:48:48+02:00October 18th, 2015|policy, snippets|

[18 October 2015] We have a copy of what we are informed is the final version of the Children’s Empowerment & Information Communication Technology (ICT) Strategy referred to below. Final Draft Children Strategy July 2014 The word draft appears in the title and is watermarked in the document so we will try and find a more [...]

Review of Regulation on South African Local Content: Television and Radio

2015-09-30T11:01:53+02:00September 30th, 2015|broadcasting / DTT, miscellaneous, snippets|

[30 September 2015] Notice has been given of public hearings to be held regarding the Position Paper and Draft Regulations on South African Local Content: Television and Radio (see lower on for links). The hearings are scheduled for 1 and 2 October 2015. Notice of Public Hearings - Dates and Agenda ICASA Is Convening Public [...]

Final ICT Policy Review Recommendations

2015-09-29T16:02:45+02:00September 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|


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