Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT)

2021-09-03T20:56:13+02:00Sep 2nd, 2021|institutional framework, policy, snippets|

[3 September 2021] The Department is establishing a multi-stakeholder working group on strategies to address mis- and/or dis-information and mal-information in South Africa Terms of Reference __ [4 August 2021] The Department is publishing a newsletter - Bytes.za - containing information about its programmes and initiatives. BYTES.za Newsletter Issue 3, August 2021 __ [9 June 2021] [...]

MeerKAT & SKA

2021-09-01T11:47:13+02:00Sep 1st, 2021|frequency, snippets|

Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act - Promulgation - Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas ICASA Media Release on the potential impact of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act, 2007 on existing and future frequency spectrum licensees (September 2010) Declaration of Areas to be Core Astronomy Advantage Areas in terms of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act, 2007 (August 2010) [...]

ICT and Digital Economic Masterplan for South Africa

2021-08-31T22:07:58+02:00Aug 31st, 2021|policy, snippets|

[31 August 2021] The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has published a request for proposals for a service provider to facilitate the “development of the Digital Economy Masterplan indicators, baseline against which change can be measured over the next 5 years and develop a theory of change”. RFP Digital Economy_IGP RFQ 10 Unfortunately it [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Online Intermediation Platforms

2021-08-29T19:41:43+02:00Aug 29th, 2021|competition, snippets, Uncategorized|

[29 August 2021] The Commission has published a Further Statement of Issues, developed on the back of input received in response to its first Statement of Issues. OIPMI Further Statement of Issues (August 2021) Written submissions to this Further Statement of Issues should be emailed to oipmi@compcom.co.za by 17h00 on 23 September 2021. For business [...]

ICASA 5G Forum

2021-07-25T13:56:24+02:00Jul 25th, 2021|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[25 July 2021] ICASA have published a useful annual report providing an analysis and evaluation of the current status, readiness, and prospects for 5G in South Africa. ICASA 2021 5G Annual Report: The State of 5G in South Africa - From Readiness to Recommendations  The report is informed by a stakeholder survey, conducted amongst the [...]

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

2021-09-02T18:27:29+02:00Jul 7th, 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 [...]

National Radio Frequency Plan for South Africa

2021-07-09T20:15:47+02:00Jul 7th, 2021|frequency, snippets|

[9 July 2021] ICASA has published a new set of draft amendments to the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) for public comment. Draft National Radio Frequency Plan 2021 for Public Consultation Written submissions must be submitted for the attention of by no later than 16h00 on Friday, 27 August 2021. Public hearings will be held [...]

Cybersecurity

2021-07-04T17:51:23+02:00Jul 4th, 2021|Cybersecurity, legislation, snippets|

[4 July 2021] The Cybersecurity Hub situated within the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has developed a Cybersecurity Awareness Portal with some useful information and resources. __ [30 March 2019] ICASA has published its findings and positions in respect of any potential roles and responsibilities it may have with regard to cybersecurity through its [...]

Call Termination Regulations

2021-06-29T16:03:15+02:00Jun 29th, 2021|competition, snippets|

[29 June 2021] The regulator has published its responses to questions of clarity on the questionnaire to be completed and the process to be followed in reviewing the existing call termination regulatory regime. Response to stakeholders questions of clarity on the review of the 2014 call termination regulations By our calculation the deadline for submission [...]

Cybercrimes Act

2021-06-09T23:37:18+02:00Jun 9th, 2021|legislation, snippets|

[9 June 2021] The Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020 has been signed by the President and will come into force on a date to be proclaimed in the Government Gazette. The period between assent and commencement will be spent develop standing operating procedures and other documented processes for the implementation of provisions of the Act. [...]

ICASA review of Number Portability Regulations

2021-05-28T09:43:53+02:00May 28th, 2021|Numbering, snippets|

[28 May 2021] ICASA intends to amend the Ordering System Specification for Geographic, Non-Geographic and Mobile Number Portability which have been published for public comment. Written submissions are due by 16h00 on 18 June 2021 and must be marked specifically for the attention of Mr Lordwill Zwane at lzwane@icasa.org.za. Ordering System Amendment Specification for Geographic, [...]

ICASA

2021-07-26T16:58:53+02:00May 28th, 2021|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[28 May 2021] ICASA has published the updated ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations. ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Fifth Amendment Regulations ___ [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 [...]

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 [...]

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 lqabaka@icasa.org.za for the attention of Mr Lumkile Qabaka. __ [25 March 2020] [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2021-06-29T16:51:42+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 [...]

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 [...]

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 ___ [...]

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