Hate speech online

2024-05-20T19:04:36+02:00May 20th, 2024|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[20 May 2024] The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Act 16 of 2023 has been assented to by the President and will come into force on a date to be proclaimed. Prevention and Combating of Hate Speech Act 2023 The Act does not impose direct obligations on electronic communications service providers. [...]

ICASA Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans (RFSAPs)

2024-05-16T15:53:27+02:00May 15th, 2024|access, frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[4 August 2023] ICASA has published the following final RFSAPs: RFSAP for the frequency band 138 - 144 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 156.8375 - 174 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 335.4 - 380 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 380 - 399.9 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 406.1 - 410 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 410 - 430 MHz RFSAP for the frequency band 440 - 450 MHZ

domain name management

2024-05-13T19:05:34+02:00May 13th, 2024|snippets, Uncategorized|

| 2019 | 2018 | [13 May 2024] ZADNA's Annual Performance Plan for the period 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025 has been made available. ZADNA Annual Performance Plan 2024/5 ___ 16 October 2023] .za Domain Name Authority Annual Report 2022/23 __ [5 February 2023] No sign of the new regulations but ZADNA have [...]

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT)

2024-05-11T19:00:30+02:00May 11th, 2024|institutional framework, policy, snippets|

[11 May 2024] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has published its Annual Performance Plan for the period 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025. Department of Communications and Digital Technologies Annual Performance Plan 2024/5 __ [15 October 2023] DCDT Entities presentation on 2022/23 Annual Reports Department of Communications and Digital Technologies Annual [...]

ICASA

2024-05-11T21:06:23+02:00May 11th, 2024|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[11 May 2024] ICASA's Annual Performance Plan for the period 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025 has been made available. ICASA Annual Performance Plan 2024-25 Financial Year ___ [13 April 2024] ICASA has published the State of the ICT Sector Report 2024. The State of the ICT Sector Report 31 March 2024 ___ [...]

zero-rating of mobile content

2024-05-10T11:30:42+02:00May 9th, 2024|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[9 May 2024] ICASA has published details of the process under which public benefit organisations (PBOs) – including government departments – can apply for assessment as to whether their mobile content must be zero-rated by the mobile network operators (MNOs). Notice outlining the process for submitting applications for mobile content to be zero rated The [...]

end-user and subscriber service charter regulations

2024-04-10T11:00:35+02:00April 10th, 2024|compliance, Consumer Affairs, Consumer Protection, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

| 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | [14 April 2024] The deadline for written submissions on proposed amendments to the End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations has been extended to 24 April 2024. EUSSC: Extension of closing date for written submissions ___ [29 February 2024] ICASA [...]

artificial intelligence regulation in South Africa

2024-04-07T12:52:41+02:00April 7th, 2024|4IR, artificial intelligence, News, Open for comment, snippets|

[7 April 2024] A National Artificial Intelligence Summit was hosted by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 5 April 2024, launching the process towards developing an AI policy and regulatory framework in South Africa. National AI Government Summit Programme Minister Gungubele Keynote Address at National AI Government Summit 5 April 2024 National AI [...]

ITU questionnaires

2024-04-04T13:47:03+02:00April 4th, 2024|snippets, Uncategorized|

[4 April 2024] Communications regulator ICASA has circulated the ITU World Telecommunication ICT Indicators Short Questionnaire 2023. ITU World Telecommunication ICT Indicators Short Questionnaire 2023 Letter to stakeholders: ITU World Telecommunication ICT Indicators Short Questionnaire 2023 Completed questionnaires must be submitted by close of business on 19 April 2024 using email ictindicators@icasa.org.za Enquiries can be directed [...]

updated list of individual and class licence holders

2024-04-07T13:05:32+02:00April 2nd, 2024|licensing, snippets|

[2 April 2024] ICASA has published a list of licences which are no longer valid due to their having expired or having been surrendered by the holder. ICASA notice - Surrendered and expired ECS & ECNS licences ___ [26 July 2023] ICASA list of Class Licensees (updated April 2022) ___ [5 October 2021] ICASA have [...]

frequency migration regulations and frequency migration plan

2024-04-12T20:35:17+02:00April 2nd, 2024|frequency, snippets|

[2 April 2024] ICASA has published proposed amendments to the roadmap for use of radio frequency spectrum for IMT (International Mobile Telecommunications) in South Africa. Draft International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Roadmap 2024 The deadline for written submissions is 16h00 on Monday 10 June 2024, and these can be emailed to Mr Manyaapelo Richard Makgotlho using [...]

dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

2024-03-26T23:45:18+02:00March 26th, 2024|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[26 March 2024] ICASA has finalised its inquiry with the publication of a findings and position paper. Findings and Position Paper into the Implementation of Dynamic Spectrum Access and Opportunistic Spectrum Management ___ [22 May 2023] The deadline for comments on the Discussion Document on Dynamic Spectrum Access and Opportunistic Spectrum Management has been extended [...]

ICASA complaints against licensees for non-compliance

2024-03-26T14:54:58+02:00March 26th, 2024|compliance, icasa compliance, licensing, snippets|

[26 March 2024] ICASA has again called for non-compliant licensees to take steps to rectify their non-compliance. ICASA notice to non-responsive ECS and ECNS licensees (second notice) Licensees listed in Annexure A to the above notice have remained non-responsive and non-compliant following the previous notice published in August 2023 (see below). These licensees must submit [...]

radio frequency spectrum licence fees

2024-03-26T12:39:58+02:00March 26th, 2024|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[26 March 2024] We have set out below the new unit price per MHz paired of radio frequency spectrum assigned to a licensee by ICASA, effective 1 April 2024. ICASA Notice regarding the increase of radio frequency spectrum licence fees March 2024 Old fee (ZAR) New fee (ZAR) Unit Price per MHz paired R2 948 [...]

ICASA administrative fees

2024-03-26T12:45:23+02:00March 26th, 2024|ICASA, licensing, snippets|

[26 March 2024] ICASA has given notice of annual adjustments in the administrative fees it changes for applications and registrations relating to service licences (ECS | ECNS | BS) as well as the unit price for MHz paired under the Radio Regulations. ICASA Notice regarding the increase of administrative fees in relation to service licences [...]

call termination regulations

2024-03-24T12:30:09+02:00March 22nd, 2024|competition, snippets|

[22 March 2024] ICASA has published draft amendments to the Call Termination Regulations 2024, including proposals to reduce  wholesale voice call termination rates substantially and to curb excessive rates for terminating calls coming into SA from foreign countries. Draft Call Termination Amendment Regulations 2024 The deadline for written submissions is 16h00 on 10 May 2024: [...]

World Radiocommunication Conference

2024-03-18T16:27:51+02:00March 18th, 2024|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[18 March 2024] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has given notice that it is convening the National Preparatory Working Group (NPWG) to start preparations for South Africa’s participation in the next World Radiocommunication Conference, scheduled for 2027 (WRC-27). Agenda for WRC-27 Provisional Final Acts WRC-23 __ [3 April 2020] The World Radiocommunication Conference [...]

financial forecast report

2024-02-26T00:46:08+02:00February 25th, 2024|compliance, ICASA, snippets|

2021 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2017 | 2015 | [26 February 2024] 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 or draft financial statements; and a calculation of the [...]

national radio frequency spectrum policy

2024-03-18T16:28:52+02:00February 25th, 2024|frequency, policy, snippets|

[25 February 2024] The Estimate of National Expenditure (ENE) for the DCDT as published by National Treasury states that the Department plans to publish the new national radio frequency spectrum policy by March 2025. Hopefully this is a typo and the intention is to gazette the document before the end of March 2024. __ [30 [...]

electronic communications licensees and loadshedding

2024-02-19T12:38:38+02:00February 19th, 2024|competition, Open for comment, snippets|

[19 February 2024] ICASA has extended its call for submissions from industry on how the regulator can use its powers to alleviate service provisions challenges arising from the ongoing energy supply constraint. Presumably there was a limited initial response. ICASA Loadshedding Inquiry re-opening of period for submissions 16 February 2024 The deadline for written submissions [...]

competition commission inquiry into the media and digital platforms market

2024-02-20T13:32:09+02:00February 17th, 2024|competition, snippets|

[17 October 2023] The Statement of Issues for this Inquiry has been published, which can be found below along with the administrative timetable for how and when the process will unfold. Media and Digital Platforms Market Inquiry: Statement of Issues Activity Timelines Status Publication of Final Terms of Reference 15 September 2023 Completed [...]

audio and audiovisual content policy

2024-01-28T19:52:55+02:00January 24th, 2024|broadcasting / DTT, content regulation, News, snippets|

[24 January 2024] The DCDT is still considering submissions made and has indicated that its plans to finalise the Draft White Paper by the end of March 2024. Presentation on the Draft White Paper on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services and Online Content Safety (December 2023) __ [6 September 2023] The deadline for submissions on [...]

ICT and Digital Economic Masterplan for South Africa

2024-01-23T20:10:42+02:00January 23rd, 2024|policy, snippets|

[23 January 2024] The DCDT has confirmed that the "Final Draft" of the Digitial Economy Masterplan dated 22 February 2021 is the final version of this document. Digital Economy Masterplan 22 Feb 2021v1_updated Digital Economy Masterplan Presentation The Department is currently requesting informating on implementation of projects falling under the Masterplan in terms of a [...]

Mobile Broadband Services Regulations 2021

2024-01-15T21:31:06+02:00January 15th, 2024|competition, cost to communicate, ICASA, snippets|

| 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | [15 January 2024] Communications regulator ICASA has published draft amendments to the Mobile Broadband Services Regulations 2021. Draft amendment to the mobile broadband services regulations, 2021 Written submissions are due by 13 February 2024 and these can be emailed for the attention of Mr Owen [...]

Rapid deployment of electronic communications facilities

2024-02-05T17:55:44+02:00January 5th, 2024|access, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

| 2020 | 2015 | [5 February 2024] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has circulated a questionnaire intended to gather information and assess whether the National Rapid Deployment Policy finalised in April 2023 has had any impact on the ability of licensees to deploy electronic communications infrastructure. M&E Questionnaire for ECNS licensees re [...]

Cybersecurity

2023-12-18T18:04:01+02:00December 18th, 2023|Cybersecurity, legislation, snippets|

[18 December 2023] The State Security Agency (SSA) has commenced with initial consultations on a Cybersecurity Bill, with a workshop scheduled for mid-January 2024. __ [10 November 2022] The Democratic Alliance has introduced a private member’s bill to amend the Constitution through the insertion of new provisions to create the office of a Cyber Commissioner. [...]

ICT sector data collection

2023-11-07T11:43:51+02:00November 7th, 2023|miscellaneous, snippets|

[7 November 2023] ICASA has initiated the process for collecting the data for the 2023 State of the ICT Sector Report, which will cover the period 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023. The timelines involved are as follows: Date Activity 6 November – 30 November 2023 Questionnaire completed by industry 1 December – 19 [...]

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