Type Approval

2019-04-12T12:32:18+02:00Apr 12th, 2019|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[12 April 2019] ICASA has released the list of RF Type Approved Equipment  for 2018: RF Type Approved Equipment, 2018 ___ [19 March 2019] ICASA has scheduled public hearings in respect of the Draft Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorization, which will be held on 25 March 2019 at ICASA's head office in Centurion. ICASA [...]

Law reform: Children and pornography

2019-04-21T22:32:40+02:00Apr 11th, 2019|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[11 April 2019] The South African Law Reform Commission has released a discussion paper on sexual offences (pornography and children) for comment. This is a continuation from the issue paper referred to below and, importantly, includes draft legislation intended to address challenges identified by the Commission. Discussion paper on sexual offences (pornography and children) Media Statement [...]

The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

2019-04-07T12:19:57+02:00Apr 7th, 2019|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[7 April 2019] The Council of the Film and Publications Board has published updated classification guidelines for films, publications and interactive computer games. Classification guidelines for the Classification of Films Interactive Computer Games and certain publications The guidelines set out the various classifiable elements - such as nudity, language and violence - and the manner [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2019-04-02T14:57:27+02:00Apr 2nd, 2019|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[2 April 2019] ICASA has given notice of the annual increase to be implemented in respect of radio frequency spectrum licence fees. The new fees will be effective from 1 April 2019 and will increase by 4.7% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice, 2019 Old fee (ZAR) New fee (ZAR) Unit [...]

Community Broadcasting

2019-04-01T12:48:04+02:00Apr 1st, 2019|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, snippets|

[1 April 2019] ICASA has published the final Community Broadcasting Regulations following country-wide consultation and engagement with all relevant stakeholders. The regulations and ICASA's media statement can be found at the following links: Community Broadcasting Services Regulations 2019 ICASA Media Release ___ [3 July 2018] ICASA will be holding public hearings to provide an opportunity [...]

ICASA inquiry into mobile broadband services competition

2019-03-14T10:13:00+02:00Mar 14th, 2019|competition, cost to communicate, ICASA, Open for comment, snippets|

[14 March 2019] ICASA has granted an extension for the submission of written representations on the Notice, questionnaire and/or requests for information to 29 March 2019 (previously 11 March 2019). Revised timelines for submission of information in regard to mobile broadband services inquiry ___ [09 January 2019] ICASA has released an updated response to questions [...]

Numbering Plan Regulations 2016

2019-03-03T15:04:45+02:00Mar 3rd, 2019|Numbering, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[3 March 2019] ICASA has published draft amendments to the Numbering Plan Regulations 2016 intended to harmonise use of the short code 116 for child helpline services. Draft Numbering Plan Amendment Regulations 2018: Short Code 116 for child helpline services Written submissions are due by 12 April 2019 and can be sent to tkhomo@icasa.org.za. This [...]

End-user and Subscriber Service Charter

2019-03-03T14:25:10+02:00Mar 3rd, 2019|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[3 March 2019] ICASA has delayed the implementation date for certain regulations relating to an option to opt-out of notification for depletion of voice, SMS and data services and the out-of-bundle usage requirements as per the First EUSSC Amendment Regulations 2019. This is to allow licensees sufficient time to configure their systems and processes, with [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2019-02-15T16:49:19+02:00Feb 15th, 2019|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[15 February 2019] ICASA has released a findings document and position paper on the Inquiry into equity ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Groups and the application of the ICT sector code in the ICT sector: Findings Document and Position Paper - HDI ___ [11 February 2019] Telkom has applied for BBEEE Facilitator Status, and the DTI [...]

Hate speech online

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

Dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

2018-10-09T17:20:45+02:00Oct 9th, 2018|frequency, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[9 October 2018] ICASA has issued a tender invitation to higher learning and research institutions to submit proposals on the development, implementation, hosting and management of the Reference Geo-Location Spectrum Database (R-GLSD) at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to enable the implementation of the Television White Spaces Regulations. Closing date is 23 October [...]

E-Band and V-Band spectrum

2018-03-16T09:15:40+02:00Mar 16th, 2018|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[16 March 2018] ICASA has updated the register of links in the self-regulated portion of the E Band. E-Band self-coordinated-register-February 2018 ___ [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 [...]

Review of Universal Service and Access Obligation (USAO) framework

2018-03-12T12:29:32+02:00Feb 27th, 2018|News, Open for comment, snippets, universal Access|

[27 February 2018] ICASA has invited the public to comment on an application filed by Telkom on 16 November 2017 for the amendment of its Universal Service and Access Obligations ("USAOs"). ICASA commenced with the review of USAOs of licensees in 2008/09, with the intention of amending the obligations taking into account the changed circumstances [...]

Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill 2018

2017-11-15T18:02:03+02:00Nov 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+02:00Nov 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+02:00Nov 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 [...]

BEE ICT Sector Code

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

Evaluation Panel for ICASA Council

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

Assignment of IMT Bands in South Africa

2016-07-17T20:00:59+02:00May 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+02:00May 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+02:00Feb 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+02:00Dec 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+02:00Nov 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 [...]

Inquiry Prescribed Form Regulations 2014

2014-09-26T15:57:32+02:00Sep 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+02:00Apr 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+02:00Apr 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 [...]

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