High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2019-09-20T08:24:49+02:00Sep 20th, 2019|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[20 September 2019] A media release from ICASA reveals their intention to publish a memorandum on the process it will follow in implementing the Ministerial policy directions on the WOAN and the assignment of high demand spectrum by no later than 31 December 2019. ICASA to issue an Information Memorandum on the licensing process [...]

National Treasury: Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness

2019-09-09T18:04:13+02:00Sep 9th, 2019|policy, snippets|

[9 September 2019] National Treasury is calling for comment on a discussion document titled: "Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness: Towards an Economic Strategy for South Africa". Media Statement - Economic Paper Public Comment Towards an Economic Strategy for SA Comments may be sent to Rita.Coetzee@treasury.gov.za by 15 September 2019. According to the accompanying media [...]

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 ____

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

2019-09-08T20:23:16+02:00Sep 8th, 2019|snippets, Uncategorized|

[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 1 of the 2019_20 Financial Year (3 September 2019) On 19 August 2019 the Portfolio Committee for Communications heard from the Deputy Minister of Digital Communications and Technologies on the progress [...]

The (new) Department of Communications

2019-09-09T09:45:48+02:00Sep 7th, 2019|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[7 September 2019] The Department of Communications updated Parliament on its progress in implementing its Annual Performance Plan on 3 September 2019. DOC - 2019_20 Quarter 1 Performance Report Presentation __ [7 July 2019] The Department presented its Annual Performance Plan (APP) to the Portfolio Committee for Communications on 3 July 2019. DOC APP Presentation [...]

Spectrum Usage & Audits

2019-08-11T18:37:24+02:00Aug 9th, 2019|frequency, snippets|

[9 August 2019] ICASA have published an updated usage spreadsheet for spectrum over 1GHz. Spectrum Usage Availability Q1 2019 (Excel) ___ [10 October 2016] ICASA has notified the public that it has received an application from TRANSNET SOC Ltd (Transnet), for a radio frequency spectrum licence to use the 1800MHz band centre gap at National [...]

Community Broadcasting

2019-07-30T13:57:15+02:00Jul 30th, 2019|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, snippets|

[30 July 2019] ICASA has lifted the moratorium in respect of applications for Class Community Sound Broadcasting Service Licences and applications for Radio Frequency Spectrum for purposes of providing a community broadcasting service. ICASA will publish an invitation for prospective applicants to submit a pre-registration notice and list of available frequencies in each district and [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

2019-08-04T18:14:25+02:00Jul 23rd, 2019|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[23 July 2019] ICASA has published draft amendments to Annexure B of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015 for public comment: Draft Amended Radio Frequency Spectrum Amendment Regulations, 2019 Media release: ICASA begins a process to review Annexure B of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations of 2015 The deadline for comments is 4 September 2019 [...]

Type Approval

2019-07-17T12:36:55+02:00Jul 17th, 2019|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[17 July 2019] ICASA has released the list of RF Type Approved Equipment for Q1 2019. RF Type Approved Equipment, Q1 2019 ___ [12 April 2019] ICASA has released the list of RF Type Approved Equipment  for 2018: RF Type Approved Equipment, 2018 ___ [19 March 2019] ICASA has scheduled public hearings in respect of [...]

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 - [...]

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013

2019-07-09T09:35:29+02:00Jul 9th, 2019|miscellaneous, snippets, Uncategorized|

[9 July 2019] The Information Regulator presented its Annual Performance Plan to the Portfolio Committee for Justice and Correctional Services on 5 July 2019: Information Regulator APP Presentation 5 July 2019 The presentation indicates that the following progress has been made in establishing the Information Regulator (a process which must be completed before the Protection [...]

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 [...]

The Film & Publications Board and online content regulation

2019-07-04T09:46:59+02:00Jul 4th, 2019|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[4 July 2019] The Film and Publications Board (FPB) presented its Annual Performance Plan (APP) for the 2019/2020 government financial year to the Portfolio Committee for Communications on 3 July 2019. NDP 2030 and FPB targets 2019-20 (FPB APP Presentation 3 July 2019) __ [7 April 2019] The Council of the Film and Publications Board [...]

Rights of licensees to deploy electronic communications networks

2019-06-14T00:31:53+02:00Jun 14th, 2019|access, legislation, licensing, snippets|

[12 June 2019] Some further thoughts on the Telkom vs Vodacom & Dennegeur Homeowners’ Association matter, distilled to what is hopefully an understandable form. Note, however, that this matter is far from over, with Telkom reportedly obtaining an urgent interdict from the Pretoria High Court to prevent Vodacom from using ducting in the Estate. 1.      [...]

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 [...]

Interception & monitoring of electronic communications

2019-06-03T13:33:19+02:00Jun 3rd, 2019|Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, snippets|

[3 June 2019] The hearing of the review application brought by Amabhungane into the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-related Information Act 70 of 2002 (RICA) is set to commence on 4 June 2019. A full list of the pleadings filed in the matter is available [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2019-05-09T11:12:14+02:00May 9th, 2019|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[9 May 2019] The Minister of Trade and Industry has published a notice designating and granting “final approval for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Facilitator Status to the Government of South Africa represented by the Office of the Presidency for the full shares of 40.50% held in Telkom South Africa State Owned Company” for a period [...]

Law reform: Children and pornography

2019-05-13T10:22:52+02:00May 4th, 2019|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[4 May 2019] The Law Reform Commission has announced dates of workshops on its discussion document to be held around the country. There is to be a specific engagement with the ICT industry at the Commission's offices in Centurion on 13 June 2019. Workshops will be held as follows (venues to be confirmed): Centurion (All): [...]

ICASA Consumer Advisory Panel

2019-05-03T15:57:27+02:00May 3rd, 2019|Consumer Affairs, snippets|

[3 May 2019] ICASA has published draft Consumer Advisory Panel Amendment Regulations, inviting comment by 11 June 2019. The amendment relates to the handling of the budget by ICASA rather than by the Chairperson of the Panel. Draft Consumer Advisory Panel Amendment Regulations, 2019 ___ [1 March 2018] The Consumer Advisory Panel will be (re)launched [...]

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 [...]

Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

2019-04-09T18:48:00+02:00Apr 9th, 2019|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[9 April 2019] The Minister of Communications has published the final terms of reference of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution as well as the names of the first set of appointees to the Commission. Terms of Reference Presidential Commission on 4IR and initial appointees ___ [6 December 2018] Interested parties are invited [...]

ICASA review of Number Portability Regulations

2019-04-03T23:35:15+02:00Apr 3rd, 2019|Numbering, snippets|

[3 April 2019] Cell C have launched an application in the High Court for the review and setting aside of ICASA's decision to promulgate the Number Portability Regulations 2018. Cell C High Court Notice of Motion 29 March 2019 The initiation of legal action is a result of the publication by ICASA - also on [...]

Digital sound broadcasting services

2019-04-03T18:37:04+02:00Apr 3rd, 2019|broadcasting / DTT, policy, snippets|

[3 April 2019] ICASA has finalised its inquiry into digital sound broadcasting ("DSB") services in South Africa. Findings Document and Position Paper on the use of Digital Sound Broadcasting in South Africa In short, ICASA supports the introduction of DSB in South Africa and will proceed with setting applicable standards and licensing once the policy [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2019-04-02T14:57:27+02:00Apr 2nd, 2019|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[2 April 2019] 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 2019 and will increase by 4.7% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice, 2019 Old fee (ZAR) New fee (ZAR) Unit [...]

Frequency Migration Regulations and Frequency Migration Plan

2019-04-02T15:43:27+02:00Apr 2nd, 2019|frequency, snippets|

[2 April 2019] ICASA has published the finalised Frequency Migration Plan 2019. Final Radio Frequency Migration Plan 2019 __ [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 [...]

Cybersecurity

2019-04-03T18:16:19+02:00Mar 30th, 2019|Cybersecurity, legislation, snippets|

[30 March 2019] ICASA has published its findings and positions in respect of any potential roles and responsibilities it may have with regard to cybersecurity through its nexus with electronic communications services and electronic communications network services licensees. Findings and Position Paper on the Role and Responsibilities of ICASA in Cybersecurity ICASA Media Release The [...]

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