.ZADNA considering second level domain registrations (.za)

2018-06-13T12:07:58+00:00 June 13th, 2018|snippets, Uncategorized|

[13 June 2018] .ZADNA has released the following documents for comments and feedback: .ZA Second Level Domain General Policy Draft .ZA Second Level Registrations Policy Interested parties are invited to comment by 12 July 2018 by email to submissions@zadna.org.za. ___ [16 April 2018] The .za Domain Name Authority (.ZADNA) is requesting Expressions of Interest for the [...]

End-user and Subscriber Service Charter

2018-06-17T15:53:13+00:00 June 11th, 2018|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[11 June 2018] See below for the postponement notice issued by ICASA. Suspension of the Effective Date of the End-user and Subscriber Services Charter Amendment Regulations, 2018 ___ [7 June 2018] Update - ICASA has decided that it will defend the application by Cell C and to this end, has resolved to postpone the effective [...]

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

2018-06-04T10:04:21+00:00 June 4th, 2018|snippets, Uncategorized|

[4 June 2018] The Department provided an update on the (lack of) progress in implementing the South Africa Connect policy to establish a National Broadband Network on 22 May 2018. Presentation on SA Connect (22 May 2018) __ [20 May 2018] The Minister and Deputy Minister presented their budget speeches to Parliament on 17 May [...]

Hate speech online

2018-06-03T22:33:21+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|content regulation, snippets|

[3 June 2018] The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill was formally introduced to the Portfolio Committee for Justice and Constitutional Development on 30 May 2018. Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes Hate Speech (B9-2018) Presentation on Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (30 May 2018) __ [20 February 2017] Links to [...]

Cybersecurity

2018-05-31T10:10:47+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Cybersecurity, legislation, snippets|

[31 May 2018] The Cybersecurity Hub of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has released a Cyber Readiness report as the starting point of fulfilling a broader mandate set by the National Cybersecurity Policy Framework. The report provides a baseline assessment of South Africa's cybersecurity readiness and works towards enabling the Hub to coordinate [...]

Update to the National Radio Frequency Plan

2018-06-04T09:21:44+00:00 May 28th, 2018|frequency, snippets|

[28 May 2018] ICASA has published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018. Media release ___ [10 June 2017] The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has confirmed that the updated National Radio Frequency Plan has been approved by Cabinet and the updated document is expected to be gazetted by ICASA shortly. ___ [8 February 2017] [...]

SMME development in the ICT sector

2018-05-28T19:40:48+00:00 May 28th, 2018|miscellaneous, policy, snippets|

[28 May 2018] The ICT SMME Development Strategy is a sector specific intervention to address challenges facing SMMEs operating in the ICT sector. It sets the policy context and defines the vision for the development of the ICT SMMEs in South Africa up to 2020, and outlines the support mechanisms required to realise this vision. [...]

The iKamva National e-Skills Institute (iNeSI)

2018-05-23T14:22:20+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|miscellaneous, policy, snippets|

[23 May 2018] The Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services has called on interested organisations and members of the public to submit written comments on the iNeSI Bill. Submissions and queries can be directed to Ms Hajiera Salie per email  hsalie@parliament.gov.za and are due by 12 June 2018. iKamva National e-Skills Institute Bill B10-2018 ___ [...]

Numbering Plan Regulations 2016

2018-05-21T13:47:59+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Numbering, snippets, Uncategorized|

[21 May 2018] ICASA has requested that all relevant licensees provide progress reports on the migration of machine related services to the 14-digit numbering block specified for this purpose in the interval leading up to the 28 September 2018 deadline. The three reports should adhere to the format as per the Notice below and should [...]

Community Broadcasting

2018-05-16T12:49:01+00:00 May 16th, 2018|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, snippets|

[16 May 2018] ICASA will be conducting public workshops across nine provinces from 15 May 2018 to 6 June 2018 in respect of the review of the community broadcasting framework. All interested stakeholders, including civic organisations and the public at large are invited to participate in the workshops and provide written submissions on the draft [...]

The (new) Department of Communications

2018-05-09T13:52:11+00:00 May 9th, 2018|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[9 May 2018] Report of the Portfolio Committee on Communications - Budget Vote 3: Communications ___ [17 April 2018] Presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communications: Department of Communications Strategic Plan 2018.19 - 2020.21 ___ [28 February 2018] The Estimate of National Expenditure for the Department for the period 2018/19 - 2020/21 reveals that the [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2018-05-08T10:41:40+00:00 May 8th, 2018|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[8 May 2018] The submissions made in response to the Discussion Document can be found below: American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa Business Carrier Coalition Cell C George Matlakala Internet Solutions ISPA Kagiso Media Liquid Telecom MTN MultiChoice National Association of Broadcasters Primedia Broadcasting South African Communications Forum Telkom Tracker Vodacom WAPA ___ [19 [...]

ICASA

2018-05-06T22:18:59+00:00 May 6th, 2018|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[6 May 2018] The Minister of Communications has called for nominations for an evaluation panel charged with evaluating the performance of ICASA's chairperson and councillors and reporting to the National Assembly. Public nominations for persons to serve as members of the Evaluation Panel for the ICASA Council Terms of Reference ICASA Evaluation Panel ___ [19 [...]

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013

2018-05-04T15:59:15+00:00 May 4th, 2018|miscellaneous, snippets, Uncategorized|

[4 May 2018] The Information Regulator formed under POPI presented in Parliament on its activities since the last report in October 2017. Information Regulator Status Report 24 April 2018 The regulations required to give some substance to POPI have been submitted to the Office of the State Law Advisors for the constitutional compliance vetting process. [...]

ICASA inquiry into digital sound broadcasting services

2018-04-19T12:41:41+00:00 April 19th, 2018|broadcasting / DTT, policy, snippets|

[19 April 2018] ICASA is launching an inquiry into digital sound broadcasting ("DSB") services in South Africa. The inquiry will examine the prospects of implementing such services, with particular focus on the manner in which this implementation could improve spectrum efficiency and management. Interested parties are invited to provide submissions on the Discussion Document on [...]

The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

2018-04-19T13:04:56+00:00 April 19th, 2018|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[19 April 2018] Film and Publication Board Presentation: 2018/2019 Annual Performance Plan ___ [2 March 2018] Report of the Portfolio Committee on Communications on the public hearings on the Films and Publications Amendment Bill B37 - 2015 20 February 2018 ___ [28 February 2018] We have clarified that the Bill lapsed as per Rule 333 [...]

ICASA’s Cost to Communicate Programme

2018-04-08T12:21:43+00:00 April 8th, 2018|competition, snippets|

[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 from ICASA, Telkom, MTN and Cell C. ICASA Telkom MTN Cell C ___ [16 August 2017] ICASA presented on its cost to communicate program [...]

ITU Questionnaires

2018-04-04T10:08:59+00:00 April 4th, 2018|snippets, Uncategorized|

[4 April 2018] ICASA has released  the International Telecommunications Union’s Short Questionnaire on telecommunications statistics for 2017. The Short Questionnaire consists of 14 indicators and covers the period from January 2017 to December 2017. Licensees are required to submit their responses by 10 April 2018 to ictindicators@icasa.org.za. 2017 ITU Short Questionnaire ___ [21 August 2017] ICASA has [...]

Inquiry into competition in subscription television broadcasting services

2018-04-04T10:53:07+00:00 April 4th, 2018|broadcasting / DTT, competition, ICASA, snippets|

[4 April 2018] ICASA will be holding public hearings in respect of the the Discussion Document on the Inquiry into Subscription Television Broadcasting Services on 7 to 11 May 2018 at ICASA's offices in Sandton. Those stakeholders who provided written submissions have the opportunity to make oral presentations. Enquiries can be directed to Ms Violet [...]

ICASA review of Number Portability Regulations

2018-03-28T11:09:08+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Numbering, snippets|

[28 March 2018] ICASA has finalised its review of the existing regulations and published a new set of regulations governing number portability in South Africa. Number Portability Regulations 2018 Note that these regulations will only to come into force on a future date - ICASA will publish a further notice providing 60 days notice of [...]

ICT sector data collection

2018-03-28T10:10:46+00:00 March 28th, 2018|miscellaneous, snippets|

[28 March 2018] ICASA has published the third annual State of the ICT Sector Report, which covers the 12-month period ending 30 September 2017 and can be viewed at the link below: ICASA Report on State of SA ICT Sector 2018 The report concludes with the following: The following highlights are worth noting: The high [...]

The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill

2018-03-24T18:01:08+00:00 March 24th, 2018|legislation, snippets|

[24 March 2018] The Bill is still under consideration by the Portfolio Committee.... Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill [28 Feb 2018] showing proposed amendments __ [18 November 2017] The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has been presenting its responses to submissions received on the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill to the Portfolio Committee.  This includes a [...]

ICASA Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans (RFSAPs)

2018-03-23T23:55:22+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|access, frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[23 March 2018] ICASA have published the following final radio frequency spectrum assignment plans: Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan for frequency band 138MHz to 143.6 MHZ Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan for frequency band 150.5 to 153 MHz Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan for frequency band 380 to 400 MHz Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2018-03-23T16:14:27+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[23 March 2018] ICASA has given notice of the annual increase to be implemented in respect of radio frequency spectrum licence fees. The new fees will effective from 1 April 2018 and will increase by 5.3% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice Old fee (ZAR) New fee (ZAR) Unit Price per [...]

Electronic Communications Amendment Bill 2017

2018-03-16T09:20:41+00:00 March 16th, 2018|legislation, News, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[16 March 2018] Below are links to presentations made by stakeholders at the Consultative Workshop held on 6 & 7 March 2018: Alliance for Affordable Internet (presentation) Black Business Council (presentation) Cell C (presentation) Convergence Partners (presentation) Free Market Foundation (presentation) FTTX Council (presentation) Hekima Advisory (presentation) ICT SMME Chamber (presentation) Independent Communications Authority of [...]

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