ICASA inquiry into mobile broadband services competition

2020-01-08T10:17:36+02:00Jan 8th, 2020|competition, cost to communicate, ICASA, Open for comment, snippets|

[8 January 2020] The date for comments on the Discussion Document on Mobile Broadband Services Inquiry has been extended to 27 February 2020 (previously 6 February 2020). Revised Timelines for Submission of Written Representations with Regard to the Discussion Document on Mobile Broadband Services Inquiry ___ [29 November 2019] ICASA has published a discussion document [...]

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 [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Data Services Market

2019-12-19T12:57:41+02:00Dec 19th, 2019|competition, Open for comment, snippets|

[19 December 2019] We have set out below a table reflecting the various deadlines for implementation of the recommendations of the Competition Commission's Final Report on the Data Services Market Inquiry. Implementation of Competition Commission Data Services Market Inquiry recommendations Date: Vodacom and MTN must independently reach agreement with the Commission on a substantial and [...]

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 [...]

ICASA December closure

2019-12-13T12:33:47+02:00Dec 13th, 2019|ICASA, snippets|

[13 December 2019] ICASA will be closed for the festive season from end of business on the 13th of December 2019 with business resuming on 2 January 2020. ___ [15 December 2016] ICASA will be closed for the festive season from 19 December to 2 January 2017 with business resuming on 3 January:

Community Broadcasting

2019-11-13T15:18:49+02:00Nov 13th, 2019|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, snippets|

[13 November 2019] ICASA has issued an invitation to pre-register for community sound broadcasting service and radio frequency spectrum licences. The process will have two phases: Phase 1: Consideration of the applications for pre-registration of a Community Sound Broadcasting Service licence in line with the provisions of the Community Service Broadcasting Regulations. This process will [...]

Roadmap for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in South Africa

2019-11-08T11:53:31+02:00Nov 8th, 2019|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[4 November 2019] ICASA has published an updated IMT Roadmap, 2019, which replaces the version published on 29 March 2019. International Mobile Telecommunications Roadmap 2019 (November 2019) Notice regarding the Final International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Roadmap, 2019 ___ [29 March 2019] The final IMT Roadmap has been published. A reasons document will be published in [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2019-11-02T21:11:57+02:00Nov 2nd, 2019|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[2 November 2019] ICASA has published its memorandum setting out its plans for the upcoming process to licence the WOAN and assign high demand spectrum to industry. Information Memorandum on IMT Assignment Process (1 November 2019) ICASA is ready to engage stakeholders on the process leading up to the licensing of high demand spectrum [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

2019-11-01T10:18:19+02:00Oct 31st, 2019|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[31 October 2019] ICASA has published amendments to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations, 2015, amending Regulation 7, paragraph (d), of sub-regulation (3) as follows: "(d) has less than 30% (thirty percent) equity ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Persons (HDP) or is below a level 4 contributor (B-BBEE status) in terms of the Codes of Good Practice [...]

Rights of licensees to deploy electronic communications networks

2019-10-07T14:37:21+02:00Oct 7th, 2019|access, legislation, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[7 October 2019] The City of Tshwane has published a draft micro-trenching policy for public comment. CoT Draft Micro-trenching policy V1.3 (2) Comments should be sent by email to deonvi@tshwane.gov.za by no later than 16h00 on 15 October 2019. This is the first instance we are aware of where a local government is indicating micro-trenching [...]

ICASA Consumer Advisory Panel

2019-10-06T12:55:37+02:00Oct 6th, 2019|Consumer Affairs, snippets|

[6 October 2019] ICASA has published final Consumer Advisory Panel Amendment Regulations 2019 to amend the Consumer Advisory Panel Regulations 2017: Consumer Advisory Panel Amendment Regulations 2019 The amendment serves to remove the requirement that the chair of the Panel must manage the Panel’s budget, given that this is practically a function of ICASA and [...]

ITU Questionnaires

2019-09-27T10:24:20+02:00Sep 27th, 2019|snippets, Uncategorized|

[27 September 2019] ICASA has released  the International Telecommunications Union’s Long Questionnaire on telecommunications / ICT indicators for 2018. The Long Questionnaire consists of 14 sections and 69 indicators and covers the period from January 2018 to December 2018. Licensees are required to submit their responses by 18 October 2019 to ictindicators@icasa.org.za. Any queries can [...]

ICT sector data collection

2019-09-27T10:25:46+02:00Sep 27th, 2019|miscellaneous, snippets|

[27 September 2019] ICASA has initiated the process for collecting the data for the 2019 State of the ICT Sector Report, which will cover the period 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019. The timelines involved are as follows: Date Activity 25 September - 29 November 2019 Questionnaire completed by the industry 2 December [...]

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 (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 [...]

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 - [...]

ICASA

2019-10-29T23:07:18+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 202o 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 [...]

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): [...]

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