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ICASA inquiry into digital sound broadcasting services

2018-04-19T12:41:41+00:00 April 19th, 2018|broadcasting / DTT, policy, snippets|

[19 April 2018] ICASA is launching an inquiry into digital sound broadcasting ("DSB") services in South Africa. The inquiry will examine the prospects of implementing such services, with particular focus on the manner in which this implementation could improve spectrum efficiency and management. Interested parties are invited to provide submissions on the Discussion Document on [...]

.ZADNA considering second level domain registrations (.za)

2018-04-18T20:46:55+00:00 April 18th, 2018|snippets, Uncategorized|

[16 April 2018] The .za Domain Name Authority (.ZADNA) is requesting Expressions of Interest for the provision of registry services for .ZA second level registrations. This process will run in parallel to the discussion document and is intended to assist .ZADNA in understanding suitable SLR registry business model and registry system options. Expressions of Interest in [...]

Cancelled Licences

2017-12-06T13:14:37+00:00 November 24th, 2017|licensing, snippets|

[24 November 2017] ICASA has published a notice in the Government Gazette declaring that the individual service licences (IECS and IECNS) issued to Enverge Communications (Pty) Ltd, Powerline Communications (Pty) Ltd, Pluto Internet (Pty) Ltd and OpenVoice Service Providers (Pty) Ltd, effective 24 November 2017.  This flows from the failure of the licensees to make [...]

National e-Government Strategy: Digitizing government services

2017-12-12T18:46:25+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

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

Internet for All Initiative

2017-07-16T16:15:40+00:00 July 14th, 2017|policy, snippets|

[14 July 2017] The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has published a concept document which provides an overview of the South Africa Internet for All programme. The initiative sees government partner with the World Economic Forum and their global Internet for All project, which aims to accelerate access to the 4 billion people globally [...]

ICASA enters into a technical agreement with the Mozambican regulator

2017-04-21T16:08:08+00:00 April 20th, 2017|ICASA, snippets|

[20 April 2017] ICASA has entered into a technical agreement with the communications regulatory authority of Mozambique. The agreement is aimed at strengthening relations with neighbouring countries to ensure an interference-free provision of communications services as well as collaboration between regulators, and will look to facilitate: Co-operation on the co-ordination, control and management of radio [...]

Financial forecast report

2017-04-10T10:15:29+00:00 April 10th, 2017|compliance, ICASA, snippets|

[10 April 2017] ICASA has published a notice in the Government Gazette on 7 April 2017 noting that certain licensees are required to submit an annual forecast of licence fees using the format in Schedule 3(1), on or before 30 April 2017. ICASA requires that each licensee with a financial year ending in October, November, December, [...]

ICASA fee increases

2017-03-27T08:42:02+00:00 March 27th, 2017|ICASA, snippets|

[27 March 2017] ICASA are increasing their fees in relation to Service Licensing, Type Approval and Radio Frequency Spectrum, effective from 1 April 2017. The relevant notices can be found below. Service Licensing Type Approval Radio Frequency Spectrum  

Spectrum Usage & Audits

2016-10-10T16:49:14+00:00 October 10th, 2016|frequency, snippets|

[10 October 2016] ICASA has notified the public that it has received an application from TRANSNET SOC Ltd (Transnet), for a radio frequency spectrum licence to use the 1800MHz band centre gap at National Ports and Harbours. Transnet intends to use a total of 5MHz of this band in the Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Durban [...]

ICASA quality of service reports

2017-03-02T14:24:09+00:00 October 7th, 2016|ICASA, snippets|

[7 October 2016] ICASA have published their quarterly Quality of Service reports pertaining to the quality of voice services offered by Cell C, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom in the Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal Provinces. ICASA media release QOS report - Kwazulu Natal QOS report - Limpopo Earlier QOS reports can be found at the following [...]

Updated overview: Annual Licence Fee and USAF Contribution submissions

2017-05-10T11:50:25+00:00 August 1st, 2016|compliance, licensing, snippets|

[1 August 2016] We have updated our overview of the Annual Licence Fee and USAF contribution payments, both of which are due within six months of a licensee’s financial year-end. Those licensees with a financial year-end of 28 February are required to submit the relevant documentation and payment by 31 August. The overview can be [...]

African broadband policies

2017-03-03T12:44:10+00:00 July 29th, 2016|policy, snippets|

[30 July 2016] Below is a set of links to ICT, Broadband and related policies adopted or in the process of being adopted by African governments. This is not a complete list (particularly as regards Francophone Africa) and we will work on building it up. Algeria Angola Botswana Cameroon Egypt (ICT Policy) Egypt (Broadband Policy) Ethiopia [...]