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domain name management

2024-05-13T19:05:34+02:00May 13th, 2024|snippets, Uncategorized|

| 2019 | 2018 | [13 May 2024] ZADNA's Annual Performance Plan for the period 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025 has been made available. ZADNA Annual Performance Plan 2024/5 ___ 16 October 2023] .za Domain Name Authority Annual Report 2022/23 __ [5 February 2023] No sign of the new regulations but ZADNA have [...]

ICASA administrative fees

2024-03-26T12:45:23+02:00March 26th, 2024|ICASA, licensing, snippets|

[26 March 2024] ICASA has given notice of annual adjustments in the administrative fees it changes for applications and registrations relating to service licences (ECS | ECNS | BS) as well as the unit price for MHz paired under the Radio Regulations. ICASA Notice regarding the increase of administrative fees in relation to service licences [...]

financial forecast report

2024-02-26T00:46:08+02:00February 25th, 2024|compliance, ICASA, snippets|

2021 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2017 | 2015 | [26 February 2024] ICASA has published its annual notice requiring licensees to submit their annual forecast of licence fees and USAF contributions. In addition, licensees must also submit “a trial balance; detailed management accounts and or draft financial statements; and a calculation of the [...]

electronic communications licensees and loadshedding

2024-02-19T12:38:38+02:00February 19th, 2024|competition, Open for comment, snippets|

[19 February 2024] ICASA has extended its call for submissions from industry on how the regulator can use its powers to alleviate service provisions challenges arising from the ongoing energy supply constraint. Presumably there was a limited initial response. ICASA Loadshedding Inquiry re-opening of period for submissions 16 February 2024 The deadline for written submissions [...]

competition commission inquiry into the media and digital platforms market

2024-02-20T13:32:09+02:00February 17th, 2024|competition, snippets|

[17 October 2023] The Statement of Issues for this Inquiry has been published, which can be found below along with the administrative timetable for how and when the process will unfold. Media and Digital Platforms Market Inquiry: Statement of Issues Activity Timelines Status Publication of Final Terms of Reference 15 September 2023 Completed [...]


2023-12-18T18:04:01+02:00December 18th, 2023|Cybersecurity, legislation, snippets|

[18 December 2023] The State Security Agency (SSA) has commenced with initial consultations on a Cybersecurity Bill, with a workshop scheduled for mid-January 2024. __ [10 November 2022] The Democratic Alliance has introduced a private member’s bill to amend the Constitution through the insertion of new provisions to create the office of a Cyber Commissioner. [...]

Broadband Access Fund / SA Connect

2023-09-10T22:32:52+02:00September 10th, 2023|snippets, Uncategorized|

[10 September 2023] BBI has issued another request for proposals (RFP) under phase 2 implementation of the Broadband Access Fund (BAF). RFP Internet Service Providers, Fibre Network Operators and Mobile Virtual Network Operators to formal a panel of service providers who can provide subsidised broadband internet connectivity to communities and public Wi-Fi hotspots in [...]

Electronic communications service providers and domestic violence

2023-04-15T20:06:35+02:00April 15th, 2023|ICASA, legislation, Open for comment, snippets|

[15 April 2023] The Domestic Violence Amendment Act, 2021, came into force on 14 April 2023. Domestic Violence Amendment Act, 2021 At the same time updated regulations were published, including the various forms that must be used. Domestic Violence Regulations 2022 A victim of domestic violence can approach a court to obtain a protection order [...]

ICASA December closure

2022-12-15T15:59:15+02:00December 15th, 2022|ICASA, snippets|

[15 December 2022] ICASA's offices will be partially closed during the festive period from 16 December 2022 to 2 January 2023. During the festive period, a limited number of critical business operations will still be available. Employees in key positions, such as those investigating radio frequency interference cases, and those who conduct regular inspections, will [...]

Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN)

2022-03-12T19:11:24+02:00March 11th, 2022|frequency, resources, snippets|

[11 March 2022] The Minister of Communications has published draft policy amendments for comment which effectively mean the abandonment of the wireless open access network (WOAN) as a policy intervention. Draft Amendment of Policy on High Demand Spectrum and the WOAN Written submissions can be submitted to The Director-General, Department of Communications and Digital [...]

South Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

2022-03-06T17:09:13+02:00March 5th, 2022|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[6 March 2022] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies updated Parliament on progress with the PC4IR Strategic Implementation Plan on 1 March 2022. Progress update on PC4IR Strategic Implementation Plan (Feb 2022) ___ [8 January 2021] Reflecting on her first 100 days in office, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies announced the completion [...]

Analysis of Tariff Notifications Submitted to ICASA by Network Operators

2021-10-01T11:02:51+02:00October 1st, 2021|ICASA, snippets|

[1 October 2021] ICASA has published their analysis of tariff notifications submitted to it by network operators for the period 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021. Tariff Report 2021 (January – June) ___ [20 May 2021] ICASA has published their analysis of tariff notifications submitted to it by network operators for the period 1 [...]


2021-09-01T11:47:13+02:00September 1st, 2021|frequency, snippets|

Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act - Promulgation - Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas ICASA Media Release on the potential impact of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act, 2007 on existing and future frequency spectrum licensees (September 2010) Declaration of Areas to be Core Astronomy Advantage Areas in terms of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act, 2007 (August 2010) [...]

Digital sound broadcasting services

2021-01-22T11:42:32+02:00January 22nd, 2021|broadcasting / DTT, policy, snippets|

[22 January 2021] The public submissions in respect of the draft Digital Sound Broadcasting Regulations, 2020 can be found below: African Media Entertainment BlueLemon Broadcom Consumer Advisory Panel DRM Consortium National Association of Broadcasters National Community Radio Forum Primedia Broadcasting Radio Pulpit SABC SADIBA SENTECH Thembeka and Associates TWR Westbury Community Development Centre Trust ___ [...]

Review of the International Telecommunications Regulations 2012

2020-08-19T08:57:36+02:00August 19th, 2020|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[19 August 2020] ICASA is seeking input with respect to the third meeting of the ITU Expert Group on the International Telecommunication Regulations (EG-ITRs) scheduled to take place from 17 – 18 September 2020, which will deal with the provision by provision examination of Articles 5 – 8 and Appendix 1 of the 2012 ITRs. [...]

Spectrum Usage & Audits

2019-08-11T18:37:24+02:00August 9th, 2019|frequency, snippets|

[9 August 2019] ICASA have published an updated usage spreadsheet for spectrum over 1GHz. Spectrum Usage Availability Q1 2019 (Excel) ___ [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 [...]

Type approval: confiscated equipment

2018-09-04T09:20:07+02:00September 4th, 2018|snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[4 September 2018] ICASA has given notice that all equipment confiscated by ICASA inspectors in the period 2000 - June 2018, and that cannot be type approved as envisaged by section 35 of the ECA, will be disposed of. Any party who has had equipment confiscated is being provided the opportunity to motivate for why [...]

cancelled licences

2024-02-19T08:55:50+02:00June 29th, 2018|licensing, snippets|

[29 June 2018] ICASA has published a notice in the Government Gazette declaring that the individual electronic communications service licence (IECS) and individual electronic communications network service licence (IECNS) issued to Kawuleza Connect (Pty) Ltd have expired due to the licence-holder being placed in final liquidation by the High Court. Electronic Comunications Act: Expiry of [...]

Monitoring Service Report: February 2018 #1

2018-08-16T16:24:12+02:00February 1st, 2018|Monitoring Report|

CONTENTS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CYBERCRIME & CYBERSECURITY GOVERNMENT SCORECARD This contain details relating to how government is meeting its obligations with regard to the sections above. Read more Telecommunications Draft Electronic Communications Amendment Bill The Department intends holding public hearings at which selected respondents to the Bill [...]

Ellipsis December 2017 closure

2017-12-22T13:12:04+02:00December 22nd, 2017|snippets, Uncategorized|

We will be closed for the week of 25 December 2017, returning 8 January 2018. In the event of an emergency, please contact us at: ellipsis@ellipsis.co.za / 021 701 2512. Have a peaceful and safe holiday season.

National e-Government Strategy: Digitizing government services

2017-12-12T18:46:25+02:00November 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+02:00July 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+02:00April 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 [...]

ICASA quality of service reports

2017-03-02T14:24:09+02:00October 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 [...]

African broadband policies

2017-03-03T12:44:10+02:00July 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 [...]


2022-06-24T13:25:44+02:00June 1st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Jump to: 2015 / 2016 / 2018 / 2020 / 2021 [26 May 2022] Submissions received on the Draft Amendment Regulations on the Processes and Procedures for Individual Licences 2022 can be found below: AME Cell C ISPA MTN Primedia Telkom Vodacom ___ [26 May 2022] Submissions received on the Draft Standard Terms and Conditions for [...]

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