The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013

2021-05-05T21:50:24+02:00May 5th, 2021|miscellaneous, snippets, Uncategorized|

[5 May 2021] The Information Regulator (IR) has published draft regulations under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), intended to align current regulations with those promulgated under the Protection of Personal Information Act. This includes assigning responsibilities relating to PAIA compliance to information officers. Draft PAIA Regulations April 2021 Comments may be submitted [...]


2021-04-28T18:28:13+02:00Apr 28th, 2021|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[28 April 2021] ICASA has published its review of the ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations for public comment. Draft ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations ICASA publishes a Call for Comments on the ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations Submissions are due by 16h00 on 7 May 2021 and may be sent to Mr Davis Kgosimolao [...]

National State of Disaster due to COVID-19 – South African Telecommunications Sector

2021-04-28T18:27:22+02:00Apr 22nd, 2021|ICASA, licensing, News, policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

Telecoms-specific content | Telecoms-specific regulations | Documents and processes needed to provide essential services | General regulations | ICASA and other organisations | Miscellaneous links | Ongoing updates Telecoms-specific content Ellipsis Advisory - Lockdown and Telecommunications Companies Ellipsis - COVID-19 [...]

Amendment of licensing regulations

2021-04-19T14:31:35+02:00Apr 19th, 2021|class licence registrations and applications, compliance, individual licence applications, individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions|

[19 April 2021] Please see below for links to the finalised class licensing regulations: Amendment Standard Terms and Conditions for Class Licences, 2021 Class Licensing Processes and Procedures Amendment Regulations, 2021 ___ [3 November 2020] The schedules for the public hearings can be seen below: Public hearings - Draft Class Standard Terms and Conditions [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Online Intermediation Platforms

2021-04-11T12:30:13+02:00Apr 11th, 2021|competition, snippets, Uncategorized|

[11 April 2021] The Commission has published final Terms of Reference for the Inquiry as well as guidelines for participation: OIPMI Terms of Reference 9 April 2021 Guidelines for Participation in the OIPMI __ [1 March 2021] The Competition Commission launched a market inquiry into  online intermediation platform services with the publication of draft terms of [...]

Type Approval

2021-04-15T11:33:17+02:00Apr 11th, 2021|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[11 April 2021] Following its review of the current type approval framework, ICASA has published draft Equipment Authorisation Regulations 2021 for public comment: Draft Equipment Authorisation Regulations 2021 Written submissions are due by 16h00 on 17 May 2021. These can be sent to for the attention of Mr Lumkile Qabaka. __ [25 March 2020] [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2021-04-11T17:50:10+02:00Apr 10th, 2021|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[10 April 2021] Rain has filed its replying affidavit to the MTN application: Seventh Respondent Answering Affidavit __ [28 March 2021] ICASA has filed its notice of its application for leave to appeal the judgement of the High Court in favour of Telkom together with supporting documents: ICASA Notice of Application for Leave to [...]

ICT sector data collection

2021-04-09T17:09:54+02:00Apr 9th, 2021|miscellaneous, snippets|

[9 April 2021] ICASA has published the sixth annual State of the ICT Sector Report, which covers the 12-month period ending 30 September 2020 and can be viewed at the link below: The State of the ICT Sector Report in South Africa 2021 ___ [19 October 2020] ICASA has initiated the process for collecting 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 [...]

Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN)

2021-04-06T20:10:04+02:00Apr 6th, 2021|frequency, resources, snippets|

[6 April 2021] ICASA published a notice on 31 March 2021 confirming that the closing date for responses to its Invitation to Apply (ITA) for an individual electronic communications network service licence and radio frequency spectrum licence for the wireless open access network (WOAN) has been suspended indefinitely from 30 [...]

ICASA inquiry into mobile broadband services competition

2021-04-06T23:59:05+02:00Apr 5th, 2021|competition, cost to communicate, ICASA, Open for comment, snippets|

[30 March 2021] ICASA has published its Findings Document and Draft Mobile Broadband Services Regulations for comment. Draft Mobile Broadband Services Regulations 2021 Findings Document on Mobile Broadband Services Inquiry ICASA is to be commended for completing this process within the indicated timeframes. Interested persons can submit written submissions to the Authority within thirty (30) [...]

Dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

2021-04-06T15:28:52+02:00Apr 4th, 2021|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[1 April 2021] The Regulations on the Use of Television White Spaces, 2018 came into force in 1 April 2021 and ICASA has invited Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and other potential users to commence commercial use. Notice to Enforce the Regulations on the use of Television White Spaces 2018 A list of certified providers [...]

Update to the National Radio Frequency Plan

2021-04-04T21:15:30+02:00Apr 4th, 2021|frequency, snippets|

[4 April 2021] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has formally requested Parliament to commence the process of ratifying the Final Acts of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). These Final Acts constitute amendments to an international treaty to which South Africa is a party – the Convention of the International telecommunication Union (ITU) [...]

ICASA Council

2021-04-03T10:59:41+02:00Apr 3rd, 2021|ICASA, snippets|

[3 April 2021] ICASA has published several Council decisions for 2020: 3 March 2020 17 March 2020 17 April 2020 24 April 2020 22 May 2020 26 May 2020 9 June 2020 7 July 2020 23 July 2020 28 July 2020 11 August 2020 30 September 2020 20 October 2020 ___ [3 April 2021] ICASA [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2021-04-01T10:57:55+02:00Apr 1st, 2021|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[1 April 2021] 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 2020 and will increase by 3.3% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice in terms of regulation 9A of radio frequency spectrum [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2021-04-01T10:02:20+02:00Apr 1st, 2021|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[1 April 2021] The Regulations in respect of the Limitations of Control and Equity Ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Groups and the application of the ICT Sector Code have been published: 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 [...]

ICASA Administrative Fees

2021-04-01T13:58:20+02:00Apr 1st, 2021|ICASA, licensing, snippets|

[1 April 2021] ICASA has given notice of an increase in all administrative fees associated with applications and registrations of Service Licences, Type Approval and Radio Frequency Spectrum Licensing which will be increased by 3.3% effective 1 April 2020, based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice regarding the increase of administrative fees in [...]

Financial forecast report

2021-03-30T11:51:46+02:00Mar 30th, 2021|compliance, ICASA, snippets|

[30 March 2021] 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 reconciliations of the trial balance; and a calculation of the forecast of the licence fees and Universal Service and Access [...]

Numbering Plan Regulations 2016

2021-02-03T15:16:52+02:00Feb 3rd, 2021|Numbering, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[3 February 2012] The date for the switchover to the 116 short code as the exclusive way to access toll-free child helpline services has been postponed again to 15 March 2021. Notice extending use of the toll free number for child helpine services [2 February 2021] ICASA has encouraged licensees to implement a voice recorded [...]

Digital sound broadcasting services

2021-01-22T11:42:32+02:00Jan 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 ___ [...]

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT)

2021-01-04T14:19:50+02:00Jan 4th, 2021|institutional framework, policy, snippets|

[4 January 2021] A copy of a letter to the President setting out the delegations and allocations of responsibilities as between the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies and the Deputy Minister has been made available: Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies: Delegations and allocation of responsibilities: Minister and Deputy Minister The table below shows [...]

ICASA December closure

2020-12-15T14:59:17+02:00Dec 15th, 2020|ICASA, snippets|

[15 December 2020] ICASA will be partially closed over the December period with limited business operations available from 17 to 31 December. All ICASA offices will be fully operational from 4 February 2021. Please see the media release below for further details. ICASA Media Release ___ [13 December 2019] ICASA will be closed for the [...]

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 Commission Inquiry into Data Services Market

2020-12-04T14:10:52+02:00Dec 4th, 2020|competition, snippets|

[4 December 2020] The Commission has amended the timelines for implementation of certain of the recommendations set out in the final report on its Data Services Market Inquiry. Competition Commission Data Services Market Inquiry Amendment to recommendations timelines The extensions are as follows: The recommendation for legislative changes to be effected to the ECA by [...]

Audio and audiovisual content policy

2020-12-07T01:10:53+02:00Nov 27th, 2020|broadcasting / DTT, content regulation, News, snippets|

[7 December 2020] The draft policy was presented to Parliament on 25 November 2020. DTPS Presentation on Audio and Audio-Visual Content Draft White Paper __ [27 November 2020] The deadline for comments on the draft white paper has been extended to 15 February 2021: Extension for comments: Draft White Paper on Audio and Audiovisual Content [...]

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 [...]

Rapid deployment of electronic communications facilities

2021-03-04T00:36:43+02:00Nov 4th, 2020|access, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[4 November 2020] A memorandum of understanding entered into between the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) and the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) during July 2020 has been made public. The rationale for the MOU is to facilitate rapid deployment of electronic communications infrastructure necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis. 20200721 [...]

South Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

2020-10-25T12:10:54+02:00Oct 23rd, 2020|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[23 October 2020] The report of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PC4IR) has been gazetted. Report of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution ___ [18 July 2020] The National Planning Commission has released a Draft Paper - "Digital Futures: South Africa's readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution" for public comment. [...]

Call Termination Regulations

2020-09-15T11:35:58+02:00Sep 14th, 2020|competition, snippets|

[14 September 2020] A reminder that the latest reduction in wholesale voice call termination rates as mandated by ICASA will take effect on 1 October 2020. Fixed call termination rates: Period Regulated Rate Allowed Asymmetry 1 October 2017 – 30 September 2018 R0.10 R0.12 1 October 2018 – 30 September 2019 R0.09 R0.10 1 October [...]

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