End-user and Subscriber Service Charter

2022-05-18T09:35:56+02:00May 16th, 2022|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[16 May 2022] ICASA has extended the deadline for written submissions to 16h00 on 17 June 2022 (previously 18 May). Extension of deadline for comments - Draft EUSSC Amendment Regulations 2022 ___ [3 April 2022] ICASA has published a set of proposed further amendments to the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations 2016 for public [...]

Rapid deployment of electronic communications facilities

2022-05-09T12:16:18+02:00May 9th, 2022|access, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[9 April 2022] The Presidency has issued an update on progress with Operation Vulindlela, established in October 2020 as a joint initiative of the Presidency and National Treasury to accelerate the implementation of structural reforms. A focus area of the initiative is reducing the cost to communicate and improving the quality of digital communications through: [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2022-04-14T18:52:09+02:00Apr 14th, 2022|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[14 April 2022] ICASA has published final amendments to the Regulations, which came into force on publication in the Government Gazette on 14 April 2022. Amendment Regulations in respect of the Limitations of Control and Equity Ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Groups (HDGs) and the application of the ICT Sector Code, 2021 __ [1 April 2021] [...]

Review of Universal Service and Access Obligation (USAO) framework

2022-04-03T23:10:39+02:00Apr 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 [...]

Type Approval / Equipment Authorisation

2022-04-03T21:27:42+02:00Apr 3rd, 2022|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[3 April 2022] ICASA has published final Equipment Authorisation Regulations together with a reasons document. Equipment Authorisation Regulations 2021 Equipment Authorisation Regulations 2022 Reasons Document  The new Regulations will come into force on a future date determined by ICASA. __ [11 April 2021] Following its review of the current type approval framework, ICASA has published [...]

Law reform: Children and pornography

2022-03-31T14:49:32+02:00Mar 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. [...]

Numbering Plan Regulations 2016

2022-03-23T18:31:48+02:00Mar 23rd, 2022|Numbering, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[23 March 2022] ICASA has given notice of its intention to amend the Numbering Plan Regulations, 2016. Draft Amendments to the Numbering Plan Regulations March 2022 Written representations on the draft Regulations must be submitted by no later than 11 May 2022. This can be done by e-mail to: ELetlape@icasa.org.za and TKhomo@icasa.org.za. __ [3 February [...]

Rights of licensees to deploy electronic communications networks

2022-03-06T18:32:46+02:00Mar 6th, 2022|access, legislation, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[6 March 2022] The High Court in Grahamstown has again confirmed the limited nature of the rights of electronic communications network service (ECNS) licensees to enter onto public or private land to deploy electronic communications infrastructure without the consent of the landowner, as set out in section 22 of the Electronic Communications Act 36 of [...]

ICASA inquiry into long-term spectrum outlook

2022-01-03T12:30:42+02:00Dec 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 [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

2021-12-26T17:02:43+02:00Dec 26th, 2021|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[26 December 2021] ICASA has published the Radio Frequency Spectrum Amendment Regulations, 2021, which came into operation upon publication in the Government Gazette on 24 December 2021. Radio Frequency Spectrum Amendment Regulations 2021 These regulations update Annexure B to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015, which sets out a table of bands and specifications in [...]

National Infrastructure Plan 2050

2021-09-14T15:50:49+02:00Sep 14th, 2021|electronic communications infrastructure, Open for comment, snippets|

[14 September 2021] The deadline for comments on the draft National Infrastructure Plan 2050 has been extended to 1 October 2021 (previously 17 September 2021). Infrastructure Development Act: National Infrastructure Plan 2050: Extension of date for comments ___ [11 August 2021] The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has published a draft National Infrastructure [...]

Data and Cloud Policy for South Africa

2021-07-26T10:38:59+02:00Jul 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+02:00Apr 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 [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2022-04-01T15:11:33+02:00Apr 1st, 2021|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[1 April 2022] 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 2022 and will increase by 4.5% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice in terms of regulation 9A of radio frequency spectrum [...]

E-Band and V-Band spectrum

2020-12-11T13:21:26+02:00Dec 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+02:00Nov 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 [...]

Community Broadcasting

2020-08-14T10:01:12+02:00Aug 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+02:00Nov 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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