ICASA and the Competition Commission

2019-09-08T22:14:29+02:00Sep 8th, 2019|competition, snippets|

[8 September 2019] ICASA and the Competition Commission have updated the memorandum of understanding which governs how they interact with each other in ensuring effective competition in electronic communications markets. MOU Competition Commission ICASA September 2019 ____

Competition Amendment Bill 2017

2019-07-15T09:35:27+02:00Jul 15th, 2019|competition, snippets|

[15 July 2019] The President has proclaimed the commencement date of a number of procedural provisions of the Competition Amendment Act by way of a notice published in the Government Gazette on 12 July 2019. Commencement of certain provisions of the Competition Amendment Act 18 of 2018 (12 July 2019) The balance of provisions - [...]

ICASA

2019-07-08T14:18:18+02:00Jul 5th, 2019|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[5 July 2019] ICASA presented its Annual Performance Plan (APP) for the period 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2019 to the Portfolio Committee for Communications on 3 July 2019. ICASA Presentation APP 2019-20FY 3 July 2019 ___ [1 November 2018] ICASA 2017/2018 Annual Report ___ [20 September 2018] ICASA is relocating its head office from [...]

Inquiry into competition in subscription television broadcasting services

2019-06-07T14:01:12+02:00Jun 7th, 2019|broadcasting / DTT, competition, ICASA, snippets|

[7 June 2019] ICASA has extended the deadline for comments on the draft findings in respect of the Inquiry into Subscription Television Broadcasting Services, previously 21 June to 27 August 2019, after acceding to a request by a stakeholder for additional information underpinning the draft findings. Extension Notice ___ [17 April 2019] ICASA has published [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Data Services Market

2019-05-03T15:30:20+02:00May 2nd, 2019|competition, Open for comment, snippets|

[2 May 2019] We have obtained the full 288-page report: Data Services Inquiry Provisional Report ___ [27 April 2019] ICASA has published a media release welcoming the provisional findings and recommendations by the Competition Commission following the data services market inquiry: ICASA Media Release ___ [24 April 2019] The Competition Commission has released a provisional [...]

ICASA’s Cost to Communicate Programme

2019-03-17T17:41:49+02:00Mar 17th, 2019|competition, snippets|

[15 March 2019] Below is a link to ICASA's latest presentation in Parliament on its progress in lowering the cost to communicate: ICASA Presentation on Cost to Communicate 26 February 2019 There are currently four central components to ICASA’s efforts: Reductions to call termination rates: new glide path into effect from 1 October 2018, valid [...]

ICASA inquiry into mobile broadband services competition

2019-03-14T10:13:00+02:00Mar 14th, 2019|competition, cost to communicate, ICASA, Open for comment, snippets|

[14 March 2019] ICASA has granted an extension for the submission of written representations on the Notice, questionnaire and/or requests for information to 29 March 2019 (previously 11 March 2019). Revised timelines for submission of information in regard to mobile broadband services inquiry ___ [09 January 2019] ICASA has released an updated response to questions [...]

Call Termination Regulations

2019-10-07T14:53:53+02:00Oct 7th, 2018|competition, snippets|

[7 October 2019] A reminder that the latest reduction in wholesale voice call termination rates as mandated by ICASA took effect on 1 October 2019, 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 [...]

ICASA Inquiry to identify priority markets in the electronic communications sector

2018-08-20T09:31:51+02:00Aug 17th, 2018|competition, snippets|

[17 August 2018] ICASA has finalised its Inquiry into Priority Markets, having identified the following markets (in no particular order of importance) that have been prioritised for potential market reviews: Wholesale fixed access, which includes wholesale supply of asymmetric broadband origination, fixed access services and relevant facilities. Upstream infrastructure markets incorporating national transmission services and [...]

Portfolio Committee hearings on Cost to Communicate

2017-11-05T13:28:02+02:00Nov 5th, 2017|competition, Consumer Affairs, snippets|

[5 November 2017] The DTPS presented on the cost to communicate before the Telecommunications and Postal Services Portfolio Committee on 31 December 2017. A presentation on data pricing trends was also made by Research ICT Africa. DTPS presentation on Cost to Communicate 31 October 2017 Research ICT Africa presentation on Cost to Communicate 31 October 2017 [...]

Vodacom acquisition of Neotel

2017-04-11T15:36:14+02:00Apr 11th, 2017|competition, snippets|

[11 April 2017] We have obtained a copy of the judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal, which confirms that the appeal lodged by Neotel was dismissed on a legal technicality. Judgment - Neotel (Pty) Ltd v Telkom SOC others __ [20 March 2017] The Supreme Court of Appeal has declined Neotel's appeal. The finding [...]

Inquiry into infrastructure sharing

2016-04-03T16:17:21+02:00Mar 31st, 2016|competition, snippets|

[31 March 2016] Moving with laudable speed, ICASA has published a Findings Document on the Regulatory Framework on Electronic Communications Infrastructure: Findings Document Regulatory Framework on Electronic Communications Infrastructure The regulator has concluded that infrastructure sharing is already accommodated under the existing Facilities Leasing Regulations 2010, with greater attention to be paid to the enforcement of [...]

ICASA Regulatory Framework for Broadcasting Transmission Services

2014-10-08T10:33:43+02:00Oct 8th, 2014|competition, miscellaneous, snippets|

[8 October 2014] ICASA has withdrawn the Findings Document published in GG 36537  on 7 June 2013.  No reasons for the withdrawal have been advanced. Withdrawal Findings Document Broadcasting Transmission Services 3 October 2014 __ [10 June 2013] ICASA has published its Findings Document to close off its Inquiry into Broadcasting Transmission Services. Findings Document [...]

ICASA inquiry into the state of competition in the SA ICT sector

2014-09-13T21:02:11+02:00Sep 13th, 2014|competition, snippets|

[13 September 2014] ICASA has announced that it will conduct public hearings in connection with submissions received from 1 -3 September 2014. Notice of public hearings Press release: ICASA Convenes Oral Hearings On The State Of Competition Into The ICT Sector __ [11 August 2014] Summary of responses made with regard to Net Neutrality __ [25 July [...]

ICASA to hold SMS termination rate workshop

2014-01-15T11:20:55+02:00Jan 15th, 2014|competition, snippets|

[15 January 2014] The workshop will be held at ICASA on Friday 24 January 2014. ___ [12 January 2014] In a letter to interested parties ICASA noted that it had received a number of Interconnection Agreements from licensees which sought to introduce a termination rate for “Commercial Short Messages” and that this is a significant [...]

ICASA ICT Statistics Questionnaire

2013-08-21T10:16:19+02:00Aug 21st, 2013|competition, snippets, Uncategorized|

[21 August 2013] ICASA have released a questionnaire designed to collect information from licensees for the purpos developing an up-to-date set of "Status of the Sector" reports preparing for upcoming market reviews into the effectiveness of competition in the ICT sector meeting SA's reporting obligations to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Licensees are required to [...]

Call Termination Questionnaire June/July 2013

2013-07-17T08:04:10+02:00Jul 17th, 2013|competition, ICASA, snippets|

[17 July 2013] ICASA issued a media release today which (a) extends the deadline for submission of responses to the Call Termination Market Review questionnaire & (b) effects some amendments to the questionnaire. The new deadline for responses to the Call Termination questionnaire is 2 August 2013. The questionnaire has been amended as follows: Information [...]

Broadband Value Chain Request for Information

2013-07-17T07:35:45+02:00Jul 17th, 2013|competition, snippets|

[17 July 2013] The extension of the deadline to 29 July 2013 is now official as per an ICASA media release issued this morning. Media Release on revised timelines and amended questionnaire for the Call Termination Market Review (.doc) ___ [15 July 2013] ICASA have provided us with a verbal indication that the deadline for responses [...]

ICASA LLU Discussion Document

2017-03-02T12:00:03+02:00Sep 20th, 2011|access, competition, snippets|

[September 2011] Below are links to the various submissions made by interested parties in response to the LLU discussion document. Broadband Infraco Cell C Commercial Workers' Union (CWU) Internet Solutions ISPA MTN MWEB MyBroadband Neotel Paul Hjul South African Communications Union (SACU) Telkom Covering Letter, Telkom, Telkom Annexure A Vodacom [June 2011] LLU creaks back [...]

Defining markets under Chapter 10 of the ECA

2011-06-26T10:09:17+02:00Jun 26th, 2011|competition, Open for comment, snippets|

In the Discussion Document on a Regulatory Framework for Broadcasting Transmission Services, ICASA has set out the methodology for defining markets for competitive reviews undertaken in terms of Chapter 10 of the Electronic Communications Act of 2005. Defining the relevant market is a critical first step in addressing market failure under the Act. The text [...]

Section 67(4) regulations

2008-05-30T12:21:24+02:00May 30th, 2008|competition|

Draft Regulations in terms of section 67(4)(a) - Market Definitions Draft Regulations in terms of section 67(4)(b) - Determining market effectiveness Draft Regulations in terms of section 67(4)(c) - Pro-competitive terms and conditions Draft Regulations in terms of section 67(4)(d) - SMP Declaration Draft Regulations in terms of section 67(4)(e) - Market review Draft Regulations [...]