Rapid deployment of electronic communications facilities

2020-08-08T16:17:52+02:00Aug 8th, 2020|access, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[8 August 2020] ellipsis Summary of Draft Policy & Policy Directions on Rapid Deployment August 2020 ___ [22 July 2020] Out of the blue, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies has published draft policy and policy directions on the rapid deployment of electronic communications networks and facilities for public comment. Draft Policy Direction on [...]

The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

2020-08-03T10:01:19+02:00Aug 1st, 2020|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[3 July 2020] Draft Films and Publications Amendment Regulations, 2020 Comments are due by 17 August 2020 (previously 3 August 2020) and may be submitted to: clientsupport@fpb.org.za, for the attention of Mr Pandelis Gregoriou, using 'draft Film and Publication Regulations' in the subject field. Enquiries can be made to 012 003 1400. ___ [4 October [...]

Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) 15: Expanding Access to Communication Technology

2020-07-27T14:35:13+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 [...]

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013

2020-07-22T17:25:28+02:00Jul 22nd, 2020|miscellaneous, snippets, Uncategorized|

[22 July 2020] The Information Regulator has published draft guidelines on the registration of information officers for public comment. Draft Guidelines on the Registration of Information Officers The deadline for submissions is 16 August 2020 (16h00) and can be directed to NNemasisi@justice.gov.za ___ [18 July 2020] With POPI in force, the Information Regulator has presented [...]

Digital sound broadcasting services

2020-07-14T21:27:14+02:00Jul 14th, 2020|broadcasting / DTT, policy, snippets|

[14 July 2020] The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has issued a policy direction which gives a green light for ICASA to develop a regulatory framework and issue licences for digital sound broadcasting ("DSB") services in South Africa. Policy Direction Digital Sound Broadcasting 10 July 2020 __ [3 April 2019] ICASA has finalised [...]

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

2020-07-14T11:03:23+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 [...]

ICASA

2020-07-09T14:52:43+02:00Jul 7th, 2020|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[9 July 2020] ICASA and the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement, providing for the exchange of information and expertise between the entities as relevant to their respective mandates. It further establishes a framework for regulations related to electronic communications, to be informed and supported by [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2020-07-03T14:14:22+02:00Jul 3rd, 2020|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[3 July 2020] ICASA have issued a press release noting that they have failed to meet their own deadline of 30 June 2020 for the publication of ITAs for high-demand spectrum and the WOAN due to the complicated nature of these processes. ICASA Media Statement ___ [10 February 2020] Please see below for submissions [...]

Cybercrimes Bill

2020-06-23T00:27:43+02:00Jun 22nd, 2020|legislation, snippets|

[23 June 2020] The finalisation of the Cybercrimes Bill is significantly closer after the Select Committee approved its amendments and report on 11 June 2020. Committee statement on adoption of Cybercrimes Bill 11 June 2020 Cybercrimes Bill Committee Report 11 June 2020 NCOP proposed amendments to Cybercrimes Bill The next step is a vote in [...]

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT)

2020-06-06T20:58:48+02:00Jun 6th, 2020|institutional framework, policy, snippets|

[6 June 2020] The DCDT has published its maiden strategic plan for the medium-term period 2020-2025 and its annual performance plan for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. DCDT Annual Performance Plan 2020-21 DCDT Strategic Plan 2020-2025 ___ [1 April 2020] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) - a merger [...]

ICASA Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans (RFSAPs)

2020-05-25T17:29:11+02:00May 25th, 2020|access, frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[22 May 2020] ICASA have published the following final RFSAPs: Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan for the frequency band 2500 to 2690 MHz Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan for the frequency band 470 to 694 MHz ICASA Media Release: Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan for the 470 to 694 MHz Frequency Band ___ [31 January [...]

Updated list of individual and class licence holders

2020-07-08T12:06:00+02:00May 1st, 2020|licensing, snippets|

[8 July 2020] ICASA have released updated licensee lists for May 2020: ICASA List of IECS and IECNS Licensees (May 2020) ICASA List of CECS Licensees (May 2020) ICASA List of CECNS Licensees (May 2020) ___ [4 August 2018] ICASA List of class licensees August 2018 ___ [11 September 2017] ICASA List of Class Licensees September [...]

Numbering Plan Regulations 2016

2020-04-16T14:23:29+02:00Apr 16th, 2020|Numbering, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[16 April 2020] ICASA has published the Numbering Plan Amendment Regulations, 2020 which will come into force three months from the date of publication in the government gazette (15 April 2020). Numbering Plan Amendment Regulations, 2020 ___ [3 March 2019] ICASA has published draft amendments to the Numbering Plan Regulations 2016 intended to harmonise use [...]

ICASA inquiry into mobile broadband services competition

2020-04-03T10:13:46+02:00Apr 3rd, 2020|competition, cost to communicate, ICASA, Open for comment, snippets|

[3 April 2020] Submissions received in respect of the Mobile Broadband Services Market Inquiry can be seen below: Afrihost SP Cell C Competition Commission FNB Connect ISPA Liquid Telecom Media Monitoring Africa MTN Telkom Vodacom ___ [8 January 2020] The date for comments on the Discussion Document on Mobile Broadband Services Inquiry has been extended [...]

Amendment of licensing regulations

2020-05-18T16:03:36+02:00Apr 1st, 2020|class licence registrations and applications, compliance, individual licence applications, individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions|

[1 April 2020] The Draft Class Processes and Procedures Regulations & Draft Class Standard Terms and Conditions Regulations have had their dates for submissions extended to 18 May 2020 (previously 17 April 2020). ICASA Media Release ___ [19 March 2020] ICASA has published draft amendments to the regulations setting out the standard terms and conditions [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2020-04-02T09:20:16+02:00Apr 1st, 2020|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[1 April 2020] The draft regulations in respect of limitations of control and equity ownership by HDGs and the application of the ICT sector code have had their date for submissions extended to 4 May 2020 (previously 3 April 2020). ICASA Media Release ___ [17 February 2020] ICASA has released draft regulations in respect of [...]

Review of Universal Service and Access Obligation (USAO) framework

2020-04-02T09:23:59+02:00Apr 1st, 2020|News, Open for comment, snippets, universal Access|

[2 April 2020] The date public for comments on proposed revisions to the universal service and access obligations imposed on Rain Networks has been extended to 24 April 2020 (previously 2  April 2020), with the date for Rain's responses extended to 26 June 2020 (previously 12 April 2020). ICASA Media Release ___ [15 March 2020] [...]

ICT sector data collection

2020-07-03T13:17:33+02:00Mar 31st, 2020|miscellaneous, snippets|

[31 March 2020] ICASA has published the fifth annual State of the ICT Sector Report, which covers the 12-month period ending 30 September 2019 and can be viewed at the link below: ICASA’s report on the state of ICT sector in SA - March 2020 The report concludes with the following: The following highlights are [...]

ICASA Administrative Fees

2020-05-12T15:46:54+02:00Mar 25th, 2020|ICASA, licensing, snippets|

[25 March 2020] 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 will be increased by 4.1% effective 1 April 2020, based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice regarding the increase of administrative fees in relation [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2020-05-12T17:30:14+02:00Mar 25th, 2020|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[25 March 2020] 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 4.1% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice in terms of regulation 9A of radio frequency spectrum [...]

ICASA General Licence Fees Regulations 2012

2020-05-12T15:38:18+02:00Mar 25th, 2020|class licence registrations and applications, compliance, Licence exemption application, licensing, snippets|

[9 August 2014] After an inordinate delay, ICASA have published a reasons document which sets out their reasons for both the General Licence Fee Regulations 2012 as well as the General Licence Fees Amendment Regulations 2014. This follows unhappiness from industry regarding the latest amendment, with at least one industry party lodging a formal [...]

Type Approval

2020-03-26T11:16:28+02:00Mar 25th, 2020|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[25 March 2020] ICASA has given notice of the annual increase to be implemented in respect of type approval administrative fees. The new fees will be effective from 1 April 2020 and will increase by 4.1% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice regarding the increase of administrative fees in relation to type [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Data Services Market

2020-03-15T00:02:40+02:00Mar 14th, 2020|competition, snippets|

[14 March 2020] The Commission announced the signing of a consent or settlement agreement with Vodacom on 10 March 2020. Vodacom Consent Agreement (Press Conference Speaking Notes for Commissioner) __ [3 February 2020] The Competition Competition has released a media statement with an update regarding its engagement with the mobile network operators, which has led [...]

Financial forecast report

2020-03-03T21:36:20+02:00Mar 3rd, 2020|compliance, ICASA, snippets|

[3 March 2020] 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 between the trial balance, management accounts”. Licensees who are not yet operational are required to submit the specified documentation [...]

ITU Questionnaires

2020-03-03T21:53:02+02:00Mar 3rd, 2020|snippets, Uncategorized|

[03 March 2020] ICASA has released the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Short Questionnaire 2019. The Short Questionnaire consists of 14 indicators and covers the period from January 2019 to December 2019. Both licensees and resellers are required to complete and submit the Short Questionnaire. Licensees are required to submit their responses by 22 March 2020 [...]

End-user and Subscriber Service Charter

2020-01-08T11:18:05+02:00Jan 8th, 2020|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[8 January 2020] The date for responses (completion of the questionnaire and related submissions) for the regulatory impact assessment on the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations has been extended to 18 February 2020 (previously 28 January 2020). Revised timelines for submission of written representations on regulatory impact assessment on the EUSSC Regulations ___ [13 [...]

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

2019-12-17T19:00:11+02:00Dec 17th, 2019|snippets, Uncategorized|

[17 December 2019] The Department provided Parliament with an overview of international ICT agreements entered into with other countries since 2017. DTPS on International ICT Agreements entered into since 2017 __ [8 September 2019] The DTPS presented on its performance for the 4th quarter of the 2019/2020 financial year on 3 September 2019. DTPS Quarter [...]

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