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 [...]

Electronic Services Regulations under the Value-Added Tax Act

2019-03-18T23:49:07+02:00Mar 18th, 2019|miscellaneous, snippets|

[18 March 2019] The Minister of Finance has published amendments to the Electronic Services Regulations 2014 which will come into force on 1 April 2019. Amendments to the Electronic Services Regulations 2014 ___ [16 April 2014] A Treasury press release provides further information: SARS is ready to start registering foreign based supplies of electronic services from [...]

ICASA’s Cost to Communicate Programme

2019-03-17T17:41:49+02:00Mar 17th, 2019|competition, snippets|

[15 March 2019] Below is a link to ICASA's latest presentation in Parliament on its progress in lowering the cost to communicate: ICASA Presentation on Cost to Communicate 26 February 2019 There are currently four central components to ICASA’s efforts: Reductions to call termination rates: new glide path into effect from 1 October 2018, valid [...]

Financial forecast report

2019-03-15T18:37:34+02:00Mar 15th, 2019|compliance, ICASA, snippets|

[15 March 2019] ICASA has published a notice in the Government Gazette on 15 March noting that certain licensees are required to submit an annual forecast of licence fees using the format in Schedule 3(1), on or before 30 April 2019. ICASA requires that each licensee with a financial year ending in October, November, December, [...]

Numbering Plan Regulations 2016

2019-03-03T15:04:45+02:00Mar 3rd, 2019|Numbering, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[3 March 2019] ICASA has published draft amendments to the Numbering Plan Regulations 2016 intended to harmonise use of the short code 116 for child helpline services. Draft Numbering Plan Amendment Regulations 2018: Short Code 116 for child helpline services Written submissions are due by 12 April 2019 and can be sent to tkhomo@icasa.org.za. This [...]

The Cybercrimes Bill

2019-02-06T09:21:52+02:00Feb 6th, 2019|legislation, snippets|

[6 February 2019] The Select Committee on Security and Justice in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has invited the public to submit written comments on the Cybercrimes Bill as part of the NCOP's consideration of the Bill. Comments can be emailed to Mr G Dixon (gdixon@parliament.gov.za) by no later than 8 March 2019. __ [24 [...]

Domain name management

2019-02-04T10:20:57+02:00Feb 4th, 2019|snippets, Uncategorized|

[4 February 2019] The Minister of Communications has appointed members to the independent selection panel that will select the non-executive directors of the .ZADNA (ZA Domain Name Authority) from the various nominations previously received. Independent selection panel Advertisement for non-executive directors (revised) Advertisement for non-executive directors (original) ___ [17 September 2018] ZADNA has released a [...]

Amendment of licensing regulations

2018-12-12T20:43:13+02:00Dec 12th, 2018|class licence registrations and applications, compliance, individual licence applications, individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions|

[12 December 2018] ICASA has published amendments to these 2010 Regulations which have the effect of exempting state-owned enterprises from having to comply with the requirement that they have 30% HDI ownership when applying to renew their individual licences. Licensing Processes and Procedures for Individual Licences Amendment Regulations, 2018 There was no public participation process undertaken [...]

Hate speech online

2018-12-12T00:31:40+02:00Dec 12th, 2018|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[12 December 2018] The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has invited stakeholders and interested persons to submit written submissions on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill 2018. Submissions must be received by no later than 31 January 2019, with public hearings to be scheduled thereafter. Submissions and enquiries [...]

Official list of Regulated Standards for Technical Equipment and Electronic Communications Facilities

2018-11-23T23:13:13+02:00Nov 23rd, 2018|snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[23 November 2018] ICASA has published proposed amendments to its official list of regulated standards for technical equipment and electronic communications facilities for comment. Notice of intention to amend the regulations of the official list of regulated Standards for Technical Equipment and Electronic Communications Facilities Submissions are due by 16h00 on 10 January 2018 and [...]

Licence renewals

2018-11-16T07:39:08+02:00Nov 16th, 2018|ICASA, licensing, News, snippets|

[16 November 2018] ICASA has issued a reminder to holders of CECS and CECNS licences to notify the Authority of their intention to continue to provide licensed services. The Notice can be found below, and further details regarding this process can be seen at the following link. Renewal of CECS & CECNS Licences ___ [...]

The iKamva National e-Skills Institute (iNeSI)

2018-11-20T11:03:27+02:00Nov 16th, 2018|miscellaneous, policy, snippets|

[16 November 2018] The Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services, following a number of deliberations on the Bill has recommended that the redrafted Bill be adopted by the House. The Bill has been amended to strengthen the governance and management arrangements of the Institute, and the title amended to more accurately reflect the nature [...]

Dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

2018-10-09T17:20:45+02:00Oct 9th, 2018|frequency, Open for comment, snippets, Uncategorized|

[9 October 2018] ICASA has issued a tender invitation to higher learning and research institutions to submit proposals on the development, implementation, hosting and management of the Reference Geo-Location Spectrum Database (R-GLSD) at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to enable the implementation of the Television White Spaces Regulations. Closing date is 23 October [...]

Call Termination Regulations

2019-10-07T14:53:53+02:00Oct 7th, 2018|competition, snippets|

[7 October 2019] A reminder that the latest reduction in wholesale voice call termination rates as mandated by ICASA took effect on 1 October 2019, Fixed call termination rates: Period Regulated Rate Allowed Asymmetry 1 October 2017 – 30 September 2018 R0.10 R0.12 1 October 2018 – 30 September 2019 R0.09 R0.10 1 October [...]

ICASA Council

2018-10-05T08:09:14+02:00Sep 25th, 2018|ICASA, snippets|

[25 September 2018] ICASA has published several Council decisions for 2018: 6 March 2018 20 March 2018 27 March 2018 28 March 2018 26 June 2018 ___ [12 March 2018] After somewhat of a hiatus, ICASA has begun publishing records of Council decisions once again: May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 [...]

Type approval: confiscated equipment

2018-09-04T09:20:07+02:00Sep 4th, 2018|snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[4 September 2018] ICASA has given notice that all equipment confiscated by ICASA inspectors in the period 2000 - June 2018, and that cannot be type approved as envisaged by section 35 of the ECA, will be disposed of. Any party who has had equipment confiscated is being provided the opportunity to motivate for why [...]

National Gambling Act & ISPs

2018-09-02T22:47:51+02:00Sep 1st, 2018|miscellaneous, snippets|

[2 September 2018] The National Gambling Amendment Bill [B27-2018] was introduced into the Portfolio Committee for Trade and Industry on 21 August 2018. Of interest to Internet service providers and related industries are two new proposed provisions to be inserted into the National Gambling Act: Proposed subsection 8(4) sets out a prohibition on “a person” providing [...]

ICASA Inquiry to identify priority markets in the electronic communications sector

2018-08-20T09:31:51+02:00Aug 17th, 2018|competition, snippets|

[17 August 2018] ICASA has finalised its Inquiry into Priority Markets, having identified the following markets (in no particular order of importance) that have been prioritised for potential market reviews: Wholesale fixed access, which includes wholesale supply of asymmetric broadband origination, fixed access services and relevant facilities. Upstream infrastructure markets incorporating national transmission services and [...]

Updated list of class licence holders

2018-08-04T18:38:49+02:00Aug 4th, 2018|licensing, snippets|

[4 August 2018] ICASA List of class licensees August 2018 ___ [11 September 2017] ICASA List of Class Licensees September 2017 ___ [31 March 2016] ICASA List of Class Licensees March 2016 ___ [23 March 2015] ICASA List of Class Licensees March 2015 ___ [13 March 2014] ICASA have released an updated version of the list of [...]

Broadcasting: Invitation to Apply for MUX 3 capacity

2018-08-03T16:51:18+02:00Aug 3rd, 2018|broadcasting / DTT, snippets, Uncategorized|

[3 August 2018] ICASA is inviting applications for the radio frequency spectrum for the purposes of providing a commercial subscription broadcasting service. The successful applicant will be assigned 45% capacity of the third multiplex (MUX3) to provide the service. Invitation to Apply 2018 ICASA Media Release ___ [16 September 2015] ICASA has issued out an Invitation [...]

Update to the National Radio Frequency Plan

2018-06-04T09:21:44+02:00May 28th, 2018|frequency, snippets|

[28 May 2018] ICASA has published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018. Media release ___ [10 June 2017] The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has confirmed that the updated National Radio Frequency Plan has been approved by Cabinet and the updated document is expected to be gazetted by ICASA shortly. ___ [8 February 2017] [...]

SMME development in the ICT sector

2018-05-28T19:40:48+02:00May 28th, 2018|miscellaneous, policy, snippets|

[28 May 2018] The ICT SMME Development Strategy is a sector specific intervention to address challenges facing SMMEs operating in the ICT sector. It sets the policy context and defines the vision for the development of the ICT SMMEs in South Africa up to 2020, and outlines the support mechanisms required to realise this vision. [...]

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