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

2020-05-29T18:22:12+02:00May 29th, 2020|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 Telecoms-specific content Ellipsis Advisory - Lockdown and Telecommunications Companies Ellipsis - COVID-19 [...]

ICASA

2020-05-29T13:11:18+02:00May 29th, 2020|competition, Consumer Protection, frequency, ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[29 May 2020] ICASA has released a media statement detailing their working arrangements to be followed during Alert Level 3. Media Release: ICASA operations during Alert Level-3 Lockdown ___ [26 March 2020] ICASA has released a media statement detailing their working arrangements to be followed during the lockdown period with an indication that updates [...]

ICASA Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans (RFSAPs)

2020-05-25T17:29:11+02:00May 25th, 2020|access, frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[22 May 2020] ICASA have published the following final RFSAPs: Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan for the frequency band 2500 to 2690 MHz Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan for the frequency band 470 to 694 MHz ICASA Media Release: Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan for the 470 to 694 MHz Frequency Band ___ [31 January [...]

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013

2020-05-16T22:13:10+02:00May 16th, 2020|miscellaneous, snippets, Uncategorized|

[16 May 2020] The Information Regulator presented its Annual Performance Plan for period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 to Parliament on 12 May 2020. Information Regulator Annual Performance Plan for the financial year 2020/21 Presentation: Information Regulator Annual Performance Plan for the financial year 2020/21 (12 May 2020) ___ [2 November 2019]The Information [...]

Numbering Plan Regulations 2016

2020-04-16T14:23:29+02:00Apr 16th, 2020|Numbering, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[16 April 2020] ICASA has published the Numbering Plan Amendment Regulations, 2020 which will come into force three months from the date of publication in the government gazette (15 April 2020). Numbering Plan Amendment Regulations, 2020 ___ [3 March 2019] ICASA has published draft amendments to the Numbering Plan Regulations 2016 intended to harmonise use [...]

ICASA inquiry into mobile broadband services competition

2020-04-03T10:13:46+02:00Apr 3rd, 2020|competition, cost to communicate, ICASA, Open for comment, snippets|

[3 April 2020] Submissions received in respect of the Mobile Broadband Services Market Inquiry can be seen below: Afrihost SP Cell C Competition Commission FNB Connect ISPA Liquid Telecom Media Monitoring Africa MTN Telkom Vodacom ___ [8 January 2020] The date for comments on the Discussion Document on Mobile Broadband Services Inquiry has been extended [...]

Amendment of licensing regulations

2020-05-18T16:03:36+02:00Apr 1st, 2020|class licence registrations and applications, compliance, individual licence applications, individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions|

[1 April 2020] The Draft Class Processes and Procedures Regulations & Draft Class Standard Terms and Conditions Regulations have had their dates for submissions extended to 18 May 2020 (previously 17 April 2020). ICASA Media Release ___ [19 March 2020] ICASA has published draft amendments to the regulations setting out the standard terms and conditions [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2020-04-02T09:20:16+02:00Apr 1st, 2020|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[1 April 2020] The draft regulations in respect of limitations of control and equity ownership by HDGs and the application of the ICT sector code have had their date for submissions extended to 4 May 2020 (previously 3 April 2020). ICASA Media Release ___ [17 February 2020] ICASA has released draft regulations in respect of [...]

Review of Universal Service and Access Obligation (USAO) framework

2020-04-02T09:23:59+02:00Apr 1st, 2020|News, Open for comment, snippets, universal Access|

[2 April 2020] The date public for comments on proposed revisions to the universal service and access obligations imposed on Rain Networks has been extended to 24 April 2020 (previously 2  April 2020), with the date for Rain's responses extended to 26 June 2020 (previously 12 April 2020). ICASA Media Release ___ [15 March 2020] [...]

ICASA Administrative Fees

2020-05-12T15:46:54+02:00Mar 25th, 2020|ICASA, licensing, snippets|

[25 March 2020] ICASA has given notice of an increase in all administrative fees associated with applications and registrations of Service Licences, Type Approval and Radio Frequency Spectrum Licensing will be increased by 4.1% effective 1 April 2020, based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice regarding the increase of administrative fees in relation [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2020-05-12T17:30:14+02:00Mar 25th, 2020|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[25 March 2020] 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 2020 and will increase by 4.1% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice in terms of regulation 9A of radio frequency spectrum [...]

ICASA General Licence Fees Regulations 2012

2020-05-12T15:38:18+02:00Mar 25th, 2020|class licence registrations and applications, compliance, Licence exemption application, licensing, snippets|

[9 August 2014] After an inordinate delay, ICASA have published a reasons document which sets out their reasons for both the General Licence Fee Regulations 2012 as well as the General Licence Fees Amendment Regulations 2014. This follows unhappiness from industry regarding the latest amendment, with at least one industry party lodging a formal [...]

Type Approval

2020-03-26T11:16:28+02:00Mar 25th, 2020|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[25 March 2020] ICASA has given notice of the annual increase to be implemented in respect of type approval administrative fees. The new fees will be effective from 1 April 2020 and will increase by 4.1% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice regarding the increase of administrative fees in relation to type [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Data Services Market

2020-03-15T00:02:40+02:00Mar 14th, 2020|competition, snippets|

[14 March 2020] The Commission announced the signing of a consent or settlement agreement with Vodacom on 10 March 2020. Vodacom Consent Agreement (Press Conference Speaking Notes for Commissioner) __ [3 February 2020] The Competition Competition has released a media statement with an update regarding its engagement with the mobile network operators, which has led [...]

Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT)

2020-03-05T19:51:40+02:00Mar 5th, 2020|institutional framework, policy, snippets|

[5 March 2020] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) will come into existence on 1 April 2020, when the merger between the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the Department of Communications is officially implemented. National Treasury has published an Estimate of National Expenditure (ENE) for the to-be-formed Department. This document sets [...]

Financial forecast report

2020-03-03T21:36:20+02:00Mar 3rd, 2020|compliance, ICASA, snippets|

[3 March 2020] 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 reconciliations between the trial balance, management accounts”. Licensees who are not yet operational are required to submit the specified documentation [...]

ITU Questionnaires

2020-03-03T21:53:02+02:00Mar 3rd, 2020|snippets, Uncategorized|

[03 March 2020] ICASA has released the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Short Questionnaire 2019. The Short Questionnaire consists of 14 indicators and covers the period from January 2019 to December 2019. Both licensees and resellers are required to complete and submit the Short Questionnaire. Licensees are required to submit their responses by 22 March 2020 [...]

Dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

2020-02-22T19:07:40+02:00Feb 22nd, 2020|frequency, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[22 February 2020] A notice has been published requesting commentary on a framework governing applications to ICASA to operate a secondary geolocation spectrum database which will enable the use of television white spaces in South Africa. ICASA itself will host and maintain the primary database showing where "white spaces" can be accessed nationally, with secondary [...]

Cybercrimes Bill

2020-02-19T20:21:14+02:00Feb 19th, 2020|legislation, snippets|

[19 February 2020] The Cybercrimes Bill remains with the Select Committee on Security and Justice in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) which is processing responses to public submissions made. Outstanding issues relate to the powers of law enforcement agencies to conduct warrantless searches of computers and the capacity of the South African Police Service [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2020-02-10T12:59:30+02:00Feb 10th, 2020|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[10 February 2020] Please see below for submissions received in respect of the published Information Memorandum: AABA (Pty) Ltd Alexis Diack Photography Altron Nexus Solutions Black Sub-contractors and Aspirant Independent Tower Operators (BAITO) Forum Bosch Bowline Broadband Infraco Cell C City of Cape Town (Information Systems & Technology Telecommunication Branch) Community and Individual Development [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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