ICASA inquiry into mobile broadband services competition

2019-01-14T08:33:35+00:00Jan 9th, 2019|competition, cost to communicate, ICASA, Open for comment, snippets|

[09 January 2019] ICASA has released an updated response to questions of clarity raised by licensees regarding the market inquiry into mobile broadband services, as can be found at the link below: Updated responses to questions of clarity raised by licensees (8 January 2019) ___ [27 December 2018] Answers to questions of clarity on the [...]


2019-01-02T19:20:16+00:00Jan 2nd, 2019|Cybersecurity, legislation, snippets|

[2 January 2019] The below written submissions were sent to ICASA in response to its inquiry about whether it should get involved with cybersecurity issues: CellC FNB-Connect ISPA MMA MTN NAB Research SACF Sentech Telkom Vodacom ___ [21 December 2018] ICASA will be holding oral hearings on the “The roles and responsibilities of ICASA in [...]

Call Termination Regulations

2018-12-26T22:12:45+00:00Dec 26th, 2018|competition, snippets|

[26 December 2018] The reasons for amendments to the call termination regulatory framework effected through the Call Termination Regulations 2018 are set out in a document published by ICASA on 21 December 2018. Reasons Document Call Termination Amendment Regulations 2018 ___ [28 September 2018] ICASA has published the finalised Call Termination Regulations, which will come [...]

ICASA review of Number Portability Regulations

2018-12-18T17:14:40+00:00Dec 18th, 2018|Numbering, snippets|

[18 December 2018] ICASA has published a Draft Ordering System Specification for Number Portability for public comment. The Draft Ordering System Specification for Number Portability The Draft OSS covers porting of geographic, non-geographic and mobile numbers and has been published in terms of the Number Portability Regulations 2018. Written submissions are due by 16h00 on Wednesday [...]

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013

2018-12-14T15:44:04+00:00Dec 14th, 2018|miscellaneous, snippets, Uncategorized|

[14 December 2018] Final regulations under the Protection of Personal Information Act have been published in the Government Gazette of 14 December 2018. Regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information, 2018 Regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information, 2018 (Afrikaans) __ [4 May 2018] The Information Regulator formed under POPI presented in Parliament [...]

Type Approval

2018-12-14T13:50:17+00:00Dec 14th, 2018|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[14 December 2018] ICASA has published a Draft Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorization which seeks to review and modernise the manner in which electronic communications equipment is assessed and authorised. This follows on from the Position Paper on Equipment Type Approval Exemption published on 31 March 2017 (see below). The Draft Conformity Assessment Framework for [...]

Amendment of licensing regulations

2018-12-12T20:43:13+00:00Dec 12th, 2018|class licence registrations and applications, compliance, individual licence applications, individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions|

[12 December 2018] ICASA has published amendments to these 2010 Regulations which have the effect of exempting state-owned enterprises from having to comply with the requirement that they have 30% HDI ownership when applying to renew their individual licences. Licensing Processes and Procedures for Individual Licences Amendment Regulations, 2018 There was no public participation process undertaken [...]

Hate speech online

2018-12-12T00:31:40+00:00Dec 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 [...]

Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

2018-12-12T22:20:44+00:00Dec 7th, 2018|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[6 December 2018] Interested parties are invited to nominate candidates to be considered for appointment to the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), as announced in the 2018 State of the Nation Address (then 'the Digital Industrial Revolution Commission'). Call for Nominations Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution Concept Document - Presidential [...]

ICASA’s Cost to Communicate Programme

2018-12-03T13:01:32+00:00Dec 3rd, 2018|competition, snippets|

[3 December 2018] ICASA presented on its cost to communicate program on 26 November 2018. ICASA Presentation Cost to Communicate 26 November 2018 ___ [8 April 2018] The Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises (National Council of Provinces) hosted a stakeholder briefing on reducing the cost to communicate on 27 March 2018.  Presentations were received [...]

Electronic Communications Amendment Bill 2018

2018-12-03T12:41:55+00:00Dec 3rd, 2018|legislation, News, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[3 December 2018] Submissions and presentations made on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill [B31-2018] can be found at the links below: ABT Africa Group Acacia Economics Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals Broadband Infraco Business Unity South Africa ISPA Koboro Liquid Media Monitoring Africa Mr George Buthelezi MTN (letter) | MTN (submission) | MTN [...]

The Cybercrimes Bill

2018-11-24T18:57:27+00:00Nov 24th, 2018|legislation, snippets|

[24 November 2018] The Cybercrimes Bill was adopted by the Portfolio Committee for Justice and Correctional Services on 7 November 2018 and will now go to the National Assembly for debate on 27 November 2018. __ [30 October 2018] The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development presented a radically amended version of the Bill to the [...]

Official list of Regulated Standards for Technical Equipment and Electronic Communications Facilities

2018-11-23T23:13:13+00:00Nov 23rd, 2018|snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[23 November 2018] ICASA has published proposed amendments to its official list of regulated standards for technical equipment and electronic communications facilities for comment. Notice of intention to amend the regulations of the official list of regulated Standards for Technical Equipment and Electronic Communications Facilities Submissions are due by 16h00 on 10 January 2018 and [...]

Licence renewals

2018-11-16T07:39:08+00:00Nov 16th, 2018|ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[16 November 2018] ICASA has issued a reminder to holders of CECS and CECNS licences to notify the Authority of their intention to continue to provide licensed services. The Notice can be found below, and further details regarding this process can be seen at the following link. Renewal of CECS & CECNS Licences ___ [...]

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

2018-11-16T15:10:58+00:00Nov 16th, 2018|snippets, Uncategorized|

[16 November 2018] Responses by the Department to questions posed in respect of the SA Connect presentation can be found at the link below. DTPS responses ___ [6 November 2018] The Department presented a further update on the implementation of phase 1 of SA Connect. It is noteworthy that this presentation is far more detailed [...]

ICT sector data collection

2018-11-16T13:20:29+00:00Nov 16th, 2018|miscellaneous, snippets|

[16 November 2018] ICASA has issued a reminder to stakeholders that the State of the ICT Sector Questionnaire is due on 30 November 2018. ICASA ICT Sector Report Reminder ___ [28 September 2018] ICASA has initiated the process for collecting the data for the 2018 State of the ICT Sector Report, which will cover the [...]

The iKamva National e-Skills Institute (iNeSI)

2018-11-20T11:03:27+00:00Nov 16th, 2018|miscellaneous, policy, snippets|

[16 November 2018] The Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services, following a number of deliberations on the Bill has recommended that the redrafted Bill be adopted by the House. The Bill has been amended to strengthen the governance and management arrangements of the Institute, and the title amended to more accurately reflect the nature [...]

End-user and Subscriber Service Charter

2018-11-16T16:22:40+00:00Nov 16th, 2018|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[16 November 2018] ICASA, Cell C and MTN have reached a settlement, the terms of which indicate an implementation date for the EUSSC Amendment Regulations of 28 February 2019. The ICASA media statement can be found below. ICASA Media release ___ [15 September 2018] It is now 100 days since the amendments were meant to [...]


2018-11-01T16:27:06+00:00Nov 1st, 2018|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[1 November 2018] ICASA 2017/2018 Annual Report ___ [20 September 2018] ICASA is relocating its head office from Sandton to Centurion between 26 and 29 October 2018. The new contact details will be: Physical Address: 350 Witch-Hazel Avenue, Eco Point Office Park, Eco Park, Centurion, Gauteng Telephone: 012 568 3000 Letter to stakeholders __ [18 August [...]

The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

2018-10-30T13:52:42+00:00Oct 30th, 2018|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[30 October 2018] The Select Committee on Communications and Public Enterprises met to finalise this Bill on 24 October 2018, which they duly did. The Bill will now be referred to the President for signature. __ [20 October 2018] The Select Committee for Communications and Publications has published a list of amendments which it proposes to [...]

Frequency Migration Regulations and Frequency Migration Plan

2018-10-29T13:09:09+00:00Oct 29th, 2018|frequency, snippets|

[29 October 2018] Submissions made in respect of the Draft Radio Frequency Migration Plan Regulations 2018 can be found below: Cell C COCT (A) COCT (B) Denel eMedia Huawei Intelsat Liquid Telecom SA MTN Multichoice, MNET & Orbicom Netstar Nokia SABC Telkom Transnet Vodacom ___ [24 August 2018] ICASA has issued an invitation to interested [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Data Services Market

2018-10-23T08:16:31+00:00Oct 22nd, 2018|competition, Open for comment, snippets|

[19 October 2018] Please see below for presentations made at the public hearings: Alliance for Affordable Internet Amandla Mobi DG Murray Trust Media Monitoring Africa Internet Service Providers Association Right2Know Research ICT Africa Broadband Infraco Cell C ECN Kuziva Muzondo MTN Telkom / BRG Vodacom (Letter) Vodacom (Submission) ___ [5 October 2018] The Commission has issued [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2018-10-18T11:34:52+00:00Oct 18th, 2018|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[10 October 2018] ellipsis overview - draft policy directions on the WOAN and spectrum october 2018 ___ [8 October 2018] ICASA has formally withdrawn its “Invitation to apply for a radio frequency spectrum licence to provide mobile broadband wireless access services for urban and rural areas using the complimentary bands 700MHz, 800MHz and 2.6GHz” published on [...]

Dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

2018-10-09T17:20:45+00:00Oct 9th, 2018|frequency, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[9 October 2018] ICASA has issued a tender invitation to higher learning and research institutions to submit proposals on the development, implementation, hosting and management of the Reference Geo-Location Spectrum Database (R-GLSD) at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to enable the implementation of the Television White Spaces Regulations. Closing date is 23 October [...]

Digital sound broadcasting services

2018-10-01T09:40:15+00:00Oct 1st, 2018|broadcasting / DTT, policy, snippets|

[1 October 2018] The Minister of Communications has issued a policy directive on the introduction of Digital Sound Broadcasting (DSB) in South Africa. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments on the directive for the attention of: Mr. Wonder Wonder Dlangamandla (Chief Director: Technology and Engineering Services) per email dsb@doc.gov.za. The policy directive can [...]

ICASA Council

2018-10-05T08:09:14+00:00Sep 25th, 2018|ICASA, snippets|

[25 September 2018] ICASA has published several Council decisions for 2018: 6 March 2018 20 March 2018 27 March 2018 28 March 2018 26 June 2018 ___ [12 March 2018] After somewhat of a hiatus, ICASA has begun publishing records of Council decisions once again: May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 [...]

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