The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013

2021-03-03T22:30:51+02:00Mar 3rd, 2021|miscellaneous, snippets, Uncategorized|

[3 March 2021] The Information Regulator published the Guideline to Develop Codes of Conduct on 22 February 2021, as well as giving notice that: Regulation 5 of the Regulations issued in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act (“the POPI Regulations”) which governs applications for issuing of Codes of Conduct will be effective as [...]

Dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

2021-03-02T21:33:56+02:00Mar 2nd, 2021|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[2 March 2021] ICASA has published an invitation to participate in a qualification process to operate as a secondary geo-location service provider through the operation of a Secondary Geo-location Spectrum Database (S-GLSD). Notice to invite applicants to participate in qualification process to operate a S-GLSD The invitation does not provide a closing date so presumably [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2021-03-02T21:46:57+02:00Mar 2nd, 2021|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[2 March 2021] The completion of the Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) process has taken on a new urgency given the arguments raised by Telkom and eTV that ICASA cannot proceed to assign high-demand spectrum in the 700 and 800 MHz bands until BDM has been finalised. The President committed to a new deadline of [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Online Intermediation Platforms

2021-03-01T22:58:43+02:00Mar 1st, 2021|competition, snippets, Uncategorized|

[1 March 2021] The Competition Commission launched a market inquiry into  online intermediation platform services with the publication of draft terms of reference for public comment. Draft Terms of Reference: Online Intermediary Platform Market Inquiry The deadline for comments on the terms of reference/scope of the Inquiry is 16h00 on 12 March 2021. The Online Intermediary [...]

ICASA

2021-02-12T13:49:40+02:00Feb 12th, 2021|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[12 February 2020] ICASA has appointed five new members to the Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) due to the terms ending of former members in December 2020. The new members are: Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa (Chairperson) Mr Paris Mashile Ms Ngwako Molewa Mr Peter Hlapolosa Mr Thato Mahapa ICASA media release ___ [27 November [...]

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 ___ [...]

ICASA inquiry into mobile broadband services competition

2021-01-11T11:17:23+02:00Jan 11th, 2021|competition, cost to communicate, ICASA, Open for comment, snippets|

[11 January 2021] Transcripts of the public hearings on the Mobile Broadband Services Market Inquiry can be seen below: Mobile Broadband Service Inquiry Hearing (26 October 2020) Mobile Broadband Service Inquiry Hearing (27 October 2020) ___ [2 November 2020] Presentations made at the public hearings on the discussion document can be seen below: Presentation - [...]

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 [...]

Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN)

2021-01-03T17:29:38+02:00Jan 3rd, 2021|frequency, resources, snippets|

[3 January 2021] ICASA published written responses to questions raised during the workshops held from 9-11 December 2020 0n 28 December 2020. Clarity seeking questions and responses on the IECNS and RFS licence for provision of WOAN services __ [4 December 2020] ICASA has published a reasons document providing insight [...]

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 [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2020-11-17T09:41:19+02:00Nov 12th, 2020|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[17 November 2020] The finalised schedule for public hearings related to the Draft Regulations in respect of the Limitations of Control and Equity Ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Groups and the application of the ICT Sector Code has been published: Notice of Public Hearings The hearings will take place on 19, 20 and 23 November 2020 [...]

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 [...]

Amendment of licensing regulations

2020-11-03T14:47:11+02:00Nov 3rd, 2020|class licence registrations and applications, compliance, individual licence applications, individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions|

[3 November 2020] The schedules for the public hearings can be seen below: Public hearings - Draft Class Standard Terms and Conditions Regulations (6 November 2020) Public hearings - Draft Class Processes and Procedures Regulations (5 November 2020) ___ [27 October 2020] ICASA will be holding public hearings in respect of submissions received in [...]

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. [...]

ICT sector data collection

2020-10-19T11:52:38+02:00Oct 19th, 2020|miscellaneous, snippets|

[19 October 2020] ICASA has initiated the process for collecting the data for the 2020 State of the ICT Sector Report, which will cover the period 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020. The timelines involved are as follows: Date Activity 12 October 2019 – 30 November 2020 Questionnaire completed by industry 01 December [...]

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 [...]

Electronic communications facilities leasing

2020-08-24T00:10:43+02:00Aug 24th, 2020|access, competition, snippets|

[22 August 2020] The High Court has delivered a clear and compelling judgement on electronic communications facilities leasing, a pro-competitive remedy which is critical to allowing access to and sharing of infrastructure. Telkom v ICASA & others 28332_18 The story is well-known: Vodacom had requested access to space in Telkom ducts to deploy fibre alongside [...]

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 [...]

Rights of licensees to deploy electronic communications networks

2020-11-15T00:44:12+02:00Jul 31st, 2020|access, legislation, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[31 August 2020] The Constitutional Court has affirmed that licensees seeking to deploy electronic communications facilities on municipal land are required to comply with applicable municipal bylaws. Telkom, having come second in the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal in its attempts to legitimise its roll-out of masts without complying with zoning bylaws, [...]

Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) & communications

2020-08-23T19:04:20+02:00Jul 26th, 2020|News, policy, snippets, universal Access|

[26 July 2020] The Minister of Public Works and Administration has gazetted additional Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPS) which include: Strategic Integrated Project No 22: Digital Infrastructure Sub-project: a. National Spatial Infrastructure Hub Strategic Integrated Project No 30: Digitising of Government Information Programme Strategic Integrated Project No 35: SA Connect Phase 1B Programme Designation of Strategic [...]

ICTs for people with disabilities

2020-07-24T17:02:14+02:00Jul 24th, 2020|Consumer Protection, licensing, miscellaneous, Open for comment, snippets|

[24 July 2020] ICASA has extended the deadline for submissions on the draft “Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations” to 14 August 2020. ICASA extends closing date for written submissions in respect of the Draft Code for Persons with Disabilities ___ [25 June 2020] ICASA has published draft “Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations” for [...]

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

2020-11-30T15:30:35+02:00Jul 12th, 2020|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 [...]

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