End-user and Subscriber Service Charter

2022-05-18T09:35:56+02:00May 16th, 2022|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[16 May 2022] ICASA has extended the deadline for written submissions to 16h00 on 17 June 2022 (previously 18 May). Extension of deadline for comments - Draft EUSSC Amendment Regulations 2022 ___ [3 April 2022] ICASA has published a set of proposed further amendments to the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations 2016 for public [...]

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

2022-05-16T08:22:47+02:00May 13th, 2022|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 [13 May 2022] Following the termination of the National State of Disaster, ICASA [...]

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013

2022-05-11T13:01:22+02:00May 11th, 2022|miscellaneous, snippets, Uncategorized|

[11 May 2022] The Information Regulator (IR) presented its Annual Performance Plan for the 2022/34 government financial year in Parliament on 11 May 2022. Information Regulator Annual Performance Plan 2022/23 Information Regulator Annual Performance Plan 2022/23 Presentation __ [2 January 2022] The Information Regulator and the Competition Commission entered into a memorandum of agreement setting [...]

Rapid deployment of electronic communications facilities

2022-05-09T12:16:18+02:00May 9th, 2022|access, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[9 April 2022] The Presidency has issued an update on progress with Operation Vulindlela, established in October 2020 as a joint initiative of the Presidency and National Treasury to accelerate the implementation of structural reforms. A focus area of the initiative is reducing the cost to communicate and improving the quality of digital communications through: [...]

Domain name management

2022-04-22T12:22:19+02:00Apr 22nd, 2022|snippets, Uncategorized|

[22 April 2022] The .ZA Domain Name Authority (.ZADNA) has published Draft .ZA Registry and Registrar Licensing Regulations and Procedures for public comment. Draft .ZA Registry and Registrar Licensing Regulations and Procedures 2022 The deadline for the submission of comments is 06 June 2022: these must be submitted to rrlrsubmissions@zadna.org.za marked for the attention of Adv [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2022-04-14T18:52:09+02:00Apr 14th, 2022|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[14 April 2022] ICASA has published final amendments to the Regulations, which came into force on publication in the Government Gazette on 14 April 2022. Amendment Regulations in respect of the Limitations of Control and Equity Ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Groups (HDGs) and the application of the ICT Sector Code, 2021 __ [1 April 2021] [...]

Financial forecast report

2022-04-13T16:00:24+02:00Apr 13th, 2022|compliance, ICASA, snippets|

[13 April 2022] ICASA has published its annual notice requiring licensees to submit their annual forecast of licence fees and USAF contributions. In addition, licensees must submit "a trial balance; detailed management accounts and reconciliations of the trial balance; and a calculation of the forecast of the licence fees and Universal Service and Access Fund [...]

ICASA inquiry into mobile broadband services competition

2022-05-08T18:57:45+02:00Apr 5th, 2022|competition, cost to communicate, ICASA, snippets|

[5 April 2022] Final regulations bringing this process to a conclusion were published on 31 March 2022 and came into force on that date. Mobile Broadband Services Regulations 2021 Mobile Broadband Services Regulations 2021 Reasons Document __ [21 July 2021] Public hearings on the Draft Mobile Broadband Services Regulations 2021 will be held on [...]

ICASA Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans (RFSAPs)

2022-04-05T19:03:20+02:00Apr 5th, 2022|access, frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[5 April 2022] ICASA has published ten draft radio frequency spectrum assignment plans (RFSAPs) for comment: Draft RFSAP 450-470MHz Draft RFSAP 703-733MHz & 758-788MHz Draft RFSAP 733-758MHz Draft RFSAP 791-821MHz & 832-862MHz Draft RFSAP 825-830MHz & 870-875MHz Draft RFSAP 880-915MHz & 925-960MHz Draft RFSAP 1452-1492MHz Draft RFSAP 2300-2400MHz Draft RFSAP 3300-3400MHz Draft RFSAP 3400-3600MHz Written [...]

ICASA

2022-05-09T21:01:34+02:00Apr 4th, 2022|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[9 May 2022] ICASA presented its Annual Performance Plan for the 2022/23 financial year in Parliament on 3 May 2022. ICASA Annual Performance Plan 2022-23 __ [4 April 2022] ICASA has published its annual review of the South African ICT sector. State of ICT Sector Report March 2022 __ [27 March 2022] The process [...]

Review of Universal Service and Access Obligation (USAO) framework

2022-04-03T23:10:39+02:00Apr 3rd, 2022|News, Open for comment, snippets, universal Access|

[3 April 2022] ICASA has finalised new universal service and access obligations for Sentech SOC Ltd. Sentech USAOs March 2022 __ [13 February 2022] ICASA has approved changes to the universal service and access obligations (“USAOs”) imposed on mobile operator Rain Networks as a consequence of it being awarded high-demand spectrum (specifically 1800MHz spectrum). USAO [...]

Type Approval / Equipment Authorisation

2022-04-03T21:27:42+02:00Apr 3rd, 2022|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[3 April 2022] ICASA has published final Equipment Authorisation Regulations together with a reasons document. Equipment Authorisation Regulations 2021 Equipment Authorisation Regulations 2022 Reasons Document  The new Regulations will come into force on a future date determined by ICASA. __ [11 April 2021] Following its review of the current type approval framework, ICASA has published [...]

ICASA Administrative Fees

2022-04-03T21:33:04+02:00Apr 3rd, 2022|ICASA, licensing, snippets|

[3 April 2022] Below are links to the ICASA fee adjustments for the government financial year commencing on 1 April 2022. Notice regarding increase in administrative fees relating to service licences March 2022 Notice regarding increase in administrative fees relating to type approval March 2022 Notice in terms of regulation 9A of radio frequency spectrum [...]

Law reform: Children and pornography

2022-03-31T14:49:32+02:00Mar 29th, 2022|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[30 March 2022]  SALRC Report Project 107 Publication 29 March 2022 __ [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. [...]

Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy

2022-03-29T16:26:46+02:00Mar 29th, 2022|policy, snippets|

[29 March 2022] The High Court has delivered its judgement in respect of the application by e.tv to have the analogue switch off date postponed. etv and others v Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies and others 28 March 2022 Case Number 51159_2021 ORDER I therefore make the following order: 1) Media Monitoring Africa and [...]

National Radio Frequency Plan for South Africa

2022-03-29T16:28:54+02:00Mar 29th, 2022|frequency, snippets|

[29 March 2022] ICASA has finalised the National Radio Frequency Plan 2021. National Radio Frequency Plan 2021 __ [9 July 2021] ICASA has published a new set of draft amendments to the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) for public comment. Draft National Radio Frequency Plan 2021 for Public Consultation Written submissions must be submitted for [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2022-03-29T11:59:05+02:00Mar 28th, 2022|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[28 March 2022] Telkom has indicated it is pressing ahead with legal action to declare the ITA leading to the now concluded auction unlawful (meaning we would start again). The matter is set down for argument in the High Court from 11-14 April 2022 and we have set out below links to heads of [...]

Call Termination Regulations

2022-03-28T20:55:23+02:00Mar 28th, 2022|competition, snippets|

[28 March 2022] ICASA has finalised the first phase of its review of the pro-competitive obligations in the market for wholesale call termination through the publication of a findings document. Findings Document on the Review of the 2014 Pro-competitive Remedies imposed on Licensees Summary of findings 3.1. Following the process outlined under section 2 above, [...]

Amendment of licensing regulations

2022-03-27T16:18:42+02:00Mar 27th, 2022|class licence registrations and applications, compliance, individual licence applications, individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions|

[27 March 2022] ICASA has published draft regulations intended to amend the "Regulations on the Processes and Procedures in respevct of Applications, Amendments, Renewals, Surrender and Transfer of Individual Licences and Applications for Special Temporary Authorisations" for comment. Draft Amendment Regulations on the Processes and Procedures for Individual Licences March 2022 The due date [...]

Numbering Plan Regulations 2016

2022-03-23T18:31:48+02:00Mar 23rd, 2022|Numbering, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[23 March 2022] ICASA has given notice of its intention to amend the Numbering Plan Regulations, 2016. Draft Amendments to the Numbering Plan Regulations March 2022 Written representations on the draft Regulations must be submitted by no later than 11 May 2022. This can be done by e-mail to: ELetlape@icasa.org.za and TKhomo@icasa.org.za. __ [3 February [...]

Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN)

2022-03-12T19:11:24+02:00Mar 11th, 2022|frequency, resources, snippets|

[11 March 2022] The Minister of Communications has published draft policy amendments for comment which effectively mean the abandonment of the wireless open access network (WOAN) as a policy intervention. Draft Amendment of Policy on High Demand Spectrum and the WOAN Written submissions can be submitted to The Director-General, Department of Communications and Digital [...]

ITU Questionnaires

2022-03-08T12:11:22+02:00Mar 8th, 2022|snippets, Uncategorized|

[8 March 2022] ICASA has released the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Short Questionnaire 2021. The Short Questionnaire consists of 14 indicators and covers the period from January 2021 to December 2021. Both licensees and resellers are required to complete and submit the Short Questionnaire. Licensees are required to submit their responses by 25 March 2022 [...]

Rights of licensees to deploy electronic communications networks

2022-03-06T18:32:46+02:00Mar 6th, 2022|access, legislation, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[6 March 2022] The High Court in Grahamstown has again confirmed the limited nature of the rights of electronic communications network service (ECNS) licensees to enter onto public or private land to deploy electronic communications infrastructure without the consent of the landowner, as set out in section 22 of the Electronic Communications Act 36 of [...]

South Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

2022-03-06T17:09:13+02:00Mar 5th, 2022|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[6 March 2022] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies updated Parliament on progress with the PC4IR Strategic Implementation Plan on 1 March 2022. Progress update on PC4IR Strategic Implementation Plan (Feb 2022) ___ [8 January 2021] Reflecting on her first 100 days in office, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies announced the completion [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Online Intermediation Platforms

2022-02-12T15:13:46+02:00Feb 12th, 2022|competition, snippets, Uncategorized|

[12 February 2022] The Commission has published an updated and more detailed scheduled of its planned steps towards the conclusion of the Online Intermediary Platform Market Inquiry (OIPMI). Adjusted Administrative Timetable 2022 __ [7 December 2021] The Commission has published a second version of its report on Competition in the Digital Economy. Competition in the [...]

Audio and audiovisual content policy

2022-02-12T14:41:50+02:00Feb 12th, 2022|broadcasting / DTT, content regulation, News, snippets|

[12 February 2022] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies will host an online colloquium on the "Draft White Paper on Audio and Audio Visual Content Policy Framework: A new vison for South Africa" on Wednesday 16 February 2022. Colloquium Programme Colloquium Presentation [12 May 2021] Public hearings on the Draft White Paper on Audio [...]

ICASA review of Number Portability Regulations

2022-01-05T14:01:12+02:00Jan 3rd, 2022|Numbering, snippets|

[3 January 2022] ICASA has published an amended Ordering System Specification for number portability. Amendments to the Ordering System Specifications for Geographic, Non-Geographic and Mobile Number Portability, 2021 Reasons Document for Amendments to the Ordering System Specifications 2021 The amended OSS will also come into force on 7 March 2022. __ [17 December 2021] South [...]

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