The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

2018-02-21T23:02:36+00:00 February 21st, 2018|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[21 February 2018] It appears that the Film and Publications Amendment Bill 2017 has "lapsed" - see the entry in the table at http://pmg-assets.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/180209proceedings.pdf. ___ [16 February 2018] The FPB has published a discussion document on the review of classification guidelines which are reviewed every five years. Stakeholders, including members of the public are invited to [...]

Electronic Communications Amendment Bill 2017

2018-02-16T08:15:43+00:00 February 15th, 2018|legislation, News, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[15 February 2018] The Department has released the details of the Stakeholder Consultative Workshop to be held on 6 & 7 March 2018. Each of the 43 stakeholders who submitted written submissions for the bill will be afforded 20 minutes to make oral representations. Invitation to Stakeholder Consultative Workshop ___ [5 February 2018] Below are [...]

Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill 2018

2017-11-15T18:02:03+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Open for comment, snippets|

[15 November 2017] The deadline for submissions on the Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill has been extended to 24 November 2017. __ [5 November 2017] The Portfolio Committee on Police will undertake a clause-by-clause vote on the Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill [B22-2017] on 30 November 2017 and intends to vote on its adoption on 1 December 2017. [...]

National e-Strategy

2017-12-12T18:43:32+00:00 November 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. [...]

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 [...]

E-Band and V-Band spectrum

2017-09-05T12:21:56+00:00 September 5th, 2017|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[5 September 2017] ICASA has published a first register of links in the self-regulated portion of the E Band. E-Band self-coordinated-register-July 2017 __ [29 April 2017] ICASA has published useful information on use of E-Band spectrum in South Africa in the form of a set of standard operating procedures relating to applying for licenses or [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2017-06-15T14:28:59+00:00 June 12th, 2017|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[10 June 2017] The deadline for submissions has been extended to 30 June 2017, 16h00. ICASA Act 2000: Extension of the closing date for submissions to the discussion document: Equity ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Groups and the application of the ICT Sector Code in the ICT Sector in terms of S4B of the Act, as [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2017-03-27T08:51:03+00:00 March 27th, 2017|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[27 March 2017] ICASA has given notice of the annual increase to be implemented in respect of radio frequency spectrum licence fees. Notice in terms of Regulation 9A of Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fee Amendment Regulations 2015 Effective 1 April 2016, all radio frequency spectrum licence fees will be increased by 6.4% based on the [...]

Review of Universal Service and Access Obligation (USAO) framework

2017-03-03T13:53:25+00:00 February 20th, 2017|News, Open for comment, snippets, universal Access|

[20 February 2017] ICASA have requested comment on proposals by Sentech, WBS and Telkom for the amendment of the universal service and access obligations (USAOs) imposed on them under the licences issued to them by ICASA. Sentech Telkom WBS The deadline for submissions is 24 February 2017 and written comments can be directed to Moyeni [...]

End-user and Subscriber Service Charter

2018-02-21T07:53:10+00:00 February 20th, 2017|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[20 February 2018] ICASA intends to hold public hearings in respect of the submissions received in response to the second round of draft Regulations on 1 and 2 March 2018 at the ICASA head office in Sandton. Members of the public are encouraged to participate due to the prevailing concerns regarding high data costs, data [...]

BEE ICT Sector Code

2017-02-21T13:25:16+00:00 January 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 [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

2017-05-02T09:39:13+00:00 November 28th, 2016|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[28 November 2016] The amendments to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015 have been finalised and came into force on 22 November 2016. Radio Frequency Spectrum Amendment Regulations 2016 __ [17 June 2016] ICASA have published draft amendments to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015 for public comment: Draft Amendment Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015 The deadline [...]

Community Broadcasting

2016-10-10T09:01:17+00:00 October 7th, 2016|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, snippets|

[7 October 2015] We are receiving a lot of queries with regard to community broadcasting licences. Unfortunately the moratorium on the issuing of these licences announced by ICASA on 22 September 2015 is still in place. Moratorium __ [13 July 2015] The Minister of Communications has published a Draft Community Broadcasting Support Scheme for public [...]

Evaluation Panel for ICASA Council

2017-03-02T14:24:47+00:00 July 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 [...]

Law reform: Children and pornography

2017-03-03T12:46:23+00:00 November 21st, 2015|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[21 November 2015] Reminder that the submissions on this important document are due on Monday 30 November 2015. ___ [18 August 2015] The South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) has published an Issue Paper on Pornography and Children for public comment. Issue Paper 30 (Project 107) Sexual Offences: Pornography and Children Comment is due by [...]

Assignment of IMT Bands in South Africa

2016-07-17T20:00:59+00:00 May 6th, 2015|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

See further https://www.ellipsis.co.za/progress-in-assignments-in-700800-mhz-and-2-6-ghz/  __ [6 May 2015] ICASA have published Gazettes identifying and rectifying errors in the spectrum assignment plans for IMT bands published last month. These have been inserted in the previous post next to the document they relate to. ___ [2 April 2015] ICASA has published final radio frequency spectrum assignment plans (RFSAPs) [...]

ICT Policy Review Process

2017-03-03T12:56:31+00:00 May 5th, 2015|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[5 May 2015] The ICT Panel of Experts has handed over its final report to the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Siyabonga Cwele. The Minister has indicated that he anticipates that the review process will be finalised this year. Executive Summary National Integrated ICT Policy Review Report March 2015 National Integrated ICT Policy [...]

Telkom acquisition of BCX

2017-03-03T09:13:38+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|licensing, News, Open for comment, snippets|

[2 February 2015] Telkom and BCG - parent company to BCX - have notified ICASA that they have withdrawn this application on the basis of legal advice received. It is highly likely that this relates to arguments raised in the public hearings into the application brought by Vodacom and Neotel for transfer of control over [...]

DoC Broadcasting Policy Review

2017-03-03T12:58:38+00:00 December 1st, 2014|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[1 December 2014] The deadline for submissions has been extended to 16 January 2015. Notice on DoC website ___ [13 November 2014]  The Department of Communications has called for written proposals on a new review of existing broadcasting policy. Call for Written Proposals on Broadcasting Policy Review November 2014 Minister's Statement on the Broadcasting Policy [...]

ITA for Individual Commercial Free To Air Television Broadcasting Service Licences

2014-11-24T18:52:56+00:00 November 24th, 2014|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, snippets|

[24 November 2014] The deadline for responses to the ITA has been extended to 31 March 2015. ___ [3 September 2014] ICASA issued an Invitation to Apply for Individual Commercial Free To Air Television Broadcasting Service Licences under section 8 of the Electronic Communications Act on 28 August 2014. Invitation To Apply for Free to Air Television Broadcasting [...]

Roadmap for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in South Africa

2014-11-16T11:32:07+00:00 November 16th, 2014|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[16 November 2014] ICASA has published the final International Mobile Telephony (IMT) Roadmap and are to be commended for the speed at which they are proceeding (a rare accolade). Final (Draft) IMT Roadmap ICASA simultaneously published a Draft Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan (RFSAP) for IMT. Draft IMT RFSAP   ICASA press release The Independent Communications Authority [...]

Inquiry Prescribed Form Regulations 2014

2014-09-26T15:57:32+00:00 September 26th, 2014|miscellaneous, Open for comment, snippets|

[26 September 2014] ICASA has published draft Inquiry Prescribed Form Regulations for comment.  Catchy title aside, the intention of the draft regulations is simply to prescribe the form which ICASA can use if it requires any person to provide information or to appear before it during the conduct of an inquiry under section 4B of [...]

ICASA notice to licensees who have failed to respond to requests for information

2017-03-03T09:11:29+00:00 April 14th, 2014|licence conversion, licence conversion, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[14 April 2014] ICASA has issued out a notice - dated 11 April 2014 - which appears to be a substantial attempt to clean up its database of licensees. The notice contains a number of lists of licensees: List A: licensees who did not respond to various information requests made by ICASA between September 2012 [...]

National Integrated ICT Policy Green Paper

2017-05-10T11:57:43+00:00 April 10th, 2014|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[10 April 2014] The Department of Communications will host roundtable discussions involving all those who made submissions to the Green Paper early in June. This will be by invitation only. Roundtable Session Date Time e-Services 02 June 2014 9am – 2pm Infrastructure & Services 03 June 2014 9am – 2pm Content 04 June 2014 [...]

Draft ICT Policy Review Framework Paper published

2017-03-03T13:26:17+00:00 April 25th, 2013|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[29 April 2013] We have prepared a summary / overview of the actual principles / objectives proposed and the questions raised. Overview of Proposed Principles in the ICT Policy Review Framework Paper April 2013 ___ [25 April 2013] In keeping with its Outline for the ICT Policy Review Process, the Minister of Communications has published a [...]

ICT Policy Review

2017-04-24T14:27:03+00:00 June 4th, 2012|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[14 November 2014] ICT Policy Discussion Document published [6 June 2012]: Nominations have opened for persons to sit on an ICT Policy Review Panel which will provide advice to the Minster. A copy of the invitation can be found here. The terms of reference of the Panel are available here. South Africa has commenced another [...]

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