end-user and subscriber service charter regulations

2024-04-10T11:00:35+02:00April 10th, 2024|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

| 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | [14 April 2024] The deadline for written submissions on proposed amendments to the End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations has been extended to 24 April 2024. EUSSC: Extension of closing date for written submissions ___ [29 February 2024] ICASA [...]

artificial intelligence regulation in South Africa

2024-04-07T12:52:41+02:00April 7th, 2024|4IR, artificial intelligence, News, Open for comment, snippets|

[7 April 2024] A National Artificial Intelligence Summit was hosted by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 5 April 2024, launching the process towards developing an AI policy and regulatory framework in South Africa. National AI Government Summit Programme Minister Gungubele Keynote Address at National AI Government Summit 5 April 2024 National AI [...]

radio frequency spectrum licence fees

2024-03-26T12:39:58+02:00March 26th, 2024|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[26 March 2024] We have set out below the new unit price per MHz paired of radio frequency spectrum assigned to a licensee by ICASA, effective 1 April 2024. ICASA Notice regarding the increase of radio frequency spectrum licence fees March 2024 Old fee (ZAR) New fee (ZAR) Unit Price per MHz paired R2 948 [...]

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 [...]

Rapid deployment of electronic communications facilities

2024-02-05T17:55:44+02:00January 5th, 2024|access, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

| 2020 | 2015 | [5 February 2024] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has circulated a questionnaire intended to gather information and assess whether the National Rapid Deployment Policy finalised in April 2023 has had any impact on the ability of licensees to deploy electronic communications infrastructure. M&E Questionnaire for ECNS licensees re [...]

Type Approval / Equipment Authorisation

2023-09-10T14:55:14+02:00September 10th, 2023|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[10 September 2023] ICASA will host a workshop on its Designated Certification Bodies (DCB) Programme at its head office in Midrand from 10h00-14h00 on 26 September 2023. ICASA Invitation to workshop in relation to Equipment Authorisation Certification Process The ICASA DCB Programme outlines the requirements needed for a certification body to become a designated certification [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

2023-05-25T11:08:24+02:00May 25th, 2023|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[25 May 2023] ICASA has published the Radio Frequency Spectrum Amendment Regulations, 2023. These regulations update Annexure B to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015, which sets out a table of bands and specifications in terms of which radio apparatus may be used or possessed without requiring a radio frequency spectrum licence.  This is often [...]

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 [...]

National Infrastructure Plan 2050

2023-10-19T14:17:50+02:00November 8th, 2022|electronic communications infrastructure, Open for comment, snippets|

[8 November 2022] The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has published the draft National Infrastructure Plan 2050 Phase 2 for public comment. Comments are due by 9 December 2022 and should be submitted to the Deputy Director-General: Infrastructure Investment Planning | NIP2050Phase2@dpw.gov.za and any enquiries can be directed to Mr Charles Mabuza, Lead: [...]

Rights of licensees to deploy electronic communications networks

2022-09-10T17:17:40+02:00September 10th, 2022|access, legislation, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[10 September 2022] The City of Johannesburg has published a Draft Wayleave Bylaw for public comment. [pdf-embedder url="https://www.ellipsis.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/CoJ_Draft-Wayleave-bylaw.pdf" title="CoJ_Draft Wayleave bylaw"] Submissions are due by end of the business day on 26 September 2022 and can be submitted to tshepomawa@joburg.gov.za / petermaoko@joburg.org.za. __ [6 March 2022] The High Court in Grahamstown has again confirmed the [...]

Review of Universal Service and Access Obligation (USAO) framework

2022-04-03T23:10:39+02:00April 3rd, 2022|News, Open for comment, snippets, universal Access|

[3 April 2022] ICASA has finalised new universal service and access obligations for Sentech SOC Ltd. Sentech USAOs March 2022 __ [13 February 2022] ICASA has approved changes to the universal service and access obligations (“USAOs”) imposed on mobile operator Rain Networks as a consequence of it being awarded high-demand spectrum (specifically 1800MHz spectrum). USAO [...]

Law reform: Children and pornography

2022-03-31T14:49:32+02:00March 29th, 2022|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[30 March 2022]  SALRC Report Project 107 Publication 29 March 2022 __ [4 May 2019] The Law Reform Commission has announced dates of workshops on its discussion document to be held around the country. There is to be a specific engagement with the ICT industry at the Commission's offices in Centurion on 13 June 2019. [...]

Critical Infrastructure Protection Act 2019

2022-03-13T09:59:32+02:00March 10th, 2022|Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Open for comment, snippets|

[13 March 2022] The President has proclaimed the commencement of certain sections of the Act, determining 30 April 2022 as the date on which sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7(1)(b), 7(3), 7(4), 7(5), 8, 9(1), 9(2), 12, 14(5), 14(6), 14(7), 15 and sections 27(1), 27(5), 27(7) and 27(8) will come into force. Proclamation [...]

ICASA inquiry into long-term spectrum outlook

2022-01-03T12:30:42+02:00December 26th, 2021|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[26 December 2021] ICASA has issued a notice setting out  its intention to conduct an inquiry into the outlook for spectrum management and usage over the long term. Notice of intention to conduct an inquiry into the long-term spectrum outlook The deadline for submissions is 16h00 on 4 March 2022: these should be submitted to [...]

Data and Cloud Policy for South Africa

2021-07-26T10:38:59+02:00July 23rd, 2021|4IR, Open for comment, snippets|

[23 July 2021] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies is considering submissions received on the proposed policy and well as input received at a colloquium held online on 18 June 2021. The Deputy Minister in her Budget Speech noted that the intention was to submit a finalised policy to Cabinet for approval by the [...]

ICTs for people with disabilities

2021-04-09T12:02:27+02:00April 9th, 2021|Consumer Protection, licensing, miscellaneous, Open for comment, snippets|

[9 April 2021] ICASA has published the final Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, 2021 which will come into force 18 months from the date of publication in the Gazette (10 October 2022). Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, 2021 Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, 2021 - Reasons Document ___ [24 July 2020] ICASA [...]

E-Band and V-Band spectrum

2020-12-11T13:21:26+02:00December 11th, 2020|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[12 December 2020] ICASA has updated the register of links in the self-regulated portion of the E Band. E-Band self-coordinated register March 2020 ___ [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 [...]

Competition in the digital economy

2020-11-05T23:59:48+02:00November 5th, 2020|competition, Open for comment, snippets|

[5 November 2020] The final report was published on 2 November 2020. Competition in the Digital Economy Report ___ [26 September 2020] The deadline for comments has been extended to 30 October 2020. ___ [25 September 2020] What is this document about? In order to harness the promised benefits of digitisation South Africa must create [...]

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. [...]

Community Broadcasting

2020-08-14T10:01:12+02:00August 14th, 2020|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, snippets|

[14 August 2020] ICASA reminds interested communities to respond to the Invitation To Apply (ITA) for pre-registration in respect of applications for Digital Community Television Broadcasting Service Licences and applications for Radio Frequency Spectrum on Multiplex 1 (Mux 1). There will be two phases to the process: Phase 1: Consideration of the applications for pre-registration [...]

Roadmap for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in South Africa

2019-11-08T11:53:31+02:00November 8th, 2019|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[4 November 2019] ICASA has published an updated IMT Roadmap, 2019, which replaces the version published on 29 March 2019. International Mobile Telecommunications Roadmap 2019 (November 2019) Notice regarding the Final International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Roadmap, 2019 ___ [29 March 2019] The final IMT Roadmap has been published. A reasons document will be published in [...]

Electronic Communications Amendment Bill 2018

2019-02-15T17:00:54+02:00February 13th, 2019|legislation, News, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[13 February 2019] We have been provided with a copy of the letter effecting the withdrawal of the Bill. Letter to Portfolio Committee Chair 12 February 2019 The letter suggests that: the Department has already engaged with some stakeholders about this process; and we are likely to have a further policy review process prior to [...]

Hate speech online

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

National e-Strategy

2017-12-12T18:43:32+02:00November 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+02:00November 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 [...]

BEE ICT Sector Code

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

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 [...]

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) [...]

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