Type Approval / Equipment Authorisation

2023-09-10T14:55:14+02:00September 10th, 2023|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[10 September 2023] ICASA will host a workshop on its Designated Certification Bodies (DCB) Programme at its head office in Midrand from 10h00-14h00 on 26 September 2023. ICASA Invitation to workshop in relation to Equipment Authorisation Certification Process The ICASA DCB Programme outlines the requirements needed for a certification body to become a designated certification [...]

Electronic Communications Amendment Bill 2022

2023-08-04T08:37:00+02:00August 4th, 2023|competition, cost to communicate, electronic communications infrastructure, ICASA, legislation, News, snippets|

[4 August 2023] The deadline for comments on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, 2022 has been extended to 31 August 2023. Notice of extension ___ [23 June 2023] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has published draft amendments to the Electronic Communications Act (ECA) for public comment. Invitation to provide written comments on [...]

ICASA Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans (RFSAPs)

2023-10-19T16:43:12+02:00August 4th, 2023|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

Competition Commission Inquiry into Online Intermediation Platforms

2023-07-31T15:19:02+02:00July 31st, 2023|competition, snippets, Uncategorized|

| 2021 | [31 July 2023] The Competition Commission has published the final Online Intermediary Platform Market Inquiry (OIPMI) Report: Final Report and Decision Summary of final report findings and remedial actions annexure 1: google search, shopping and travel annexure 2: travel and accommodation annexure 3: e-commerce annexure 4: software application stores annexure 5: online [...]

ICASA Consumer Advisory Panel

2023-07-14T16:10:32+02:00July 14th, 2023|Consumer Affairs, snippets|

[14 July 2023] ICASA has published the Consumer Advisory Panel Regulations, 2023 which repeals the Consumer Advisory Panel Regulations, 2017. Links to the Regulations and Reasons Document can be found below. Consumer Advisory Panel Regulations, 2023 Consumer Advisory Panel Regulations, 2023 - Reasons Document ___ [14 November 2022] ICASA has published draft Consumer Advisory Panel [...]

Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy

2023-07-06T10:24:25+02:00June 23rd, 2023|policy, snippets|

[6 July 2023] The Minister and Department of Communications and Digital Technologies provided Parliament with an update on progress in completing broadcast digital migration (BDM) and the announcement of an analogue switch off (ASO) date. BDM Progress Presentation ___ [23 June 2023] The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies has gazetted the date/s for the [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

2023-05-25T11:08:24+02:00May 25th, 2023|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[25 May 2023] ICASA has published the Radio Frequency Spectrum Amendment Regulations, 2023. These regulations update Annexure B to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015, which sets out a table of bands and specifications in terms of which radio apparatus may be used or possessed without requiring a radio frequency spectrum licence.  This is often [...]

Electronic communications service providers and domestic violence

2023-04-15T20:06:35+02:00April 15th, 2023|ICASA, legislation, Open for comment, snippets|

[15 April 2023] The Domestic Violence Amendment Act, 2021, came into force on 14 April 2023. Domestic Violence Amendment Act, 2021 At the same time updated regulations were published, including the various forms that must be used. Domestic Violence Regulations 2022 A victim of domestic violence can approach a court to obtain a protection order [...]

Amendment of licensing regulations

2023-04-01T16:28:55+02:00April 1st, 2023|class licence registrations and applications, compliance, individual licence applications, individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions|

| 2021 | 2020 | 2018 | 2016 | 2015 | [1 April 2023] Please see below for links to the finalised Individual licensing regulations: Amendment Standard Terms and Conditions Regulations for Individual Licences, 2023 Reasons: Amendment Standard Terms and Conditions Regulations for Individual Licences, 2023 Licensing Processes and Procedures for Individual Licences Amendment [...]

Domain name management

2023-10-16T12:12:38+02:00February 5th, 2023|snippets, Uncategorized|

| 2019 | 2018 | [16 October 2023] .za Domain Name Authority Annual Report 2022/23 __ [5 February 2023] No sign of the new regulations but ZADNA have published a reasons document setting out considerations informing positions taken in the draft regulations published for comment. Reasons Document Draft .ZA Registry and Registrar Licensing Regulations and [...]

ICASA December closure

2022-12-15T15:59:15+02:00December 15th, 2022|ICASA, snippets|

[15 December 2022] ICASA's offices will be partially closed during the festive period from 16 December 2022 to 2 January 2023. During the festive period, a limited number of critical business operations will still be available. Employees in key positions, such as those investigating radio frequency interference cases, and those who conduct regular inspections, will [...]

ICASA review of Number Portability Regulations

2022-11-14T09:59:18+02:00November 14th, 2022|Numbering, snippets|

2021 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 [14 November 2022] ICASA has published final regulations amending the Ordering System Specification for Geographic, Non-Geographic and Mobile Number Portability. Second Amendment Ordering System Specification for Geographic, Non-Geographic and Mobile Number Portability, 2022 ___ [3 January 2022] ICASA has published an amended Ordering System Specification for [...]

Electronic communications facilities leasing

2022-11-14T09:55:32+02:00November 14th, 2022|access, competition, snippets|

[14 November 2022] ICASA has released its judgements in facilities leasing disputes raised by Telkom against other fibre network operators accused of using Telkom infrastructure to deploy their own networks without entering into a facilities leasing agreement with Telkom. Telkom vs Octotel Telkom vs Metro Fibre Networx ___ [22 August 2020] The High Court has [...]

National Infrastructure Plan 2050

2023-10-19T14:17:50+02:00November 8th, 2022|electronic communications infrastructure, Open for comment, snippets|

[8 November 2022] The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has published the draft National Infrastructure Plan 2050 Phase 2 for public comment. Comments are due by 9 December 2022 and should be submitted to the Deputy Director-General: Infrastructure Investment Planning | NIP2050Phase2@dpw.gov.za and any enquiries can be directed to Mr Charles Mabuza, Lead: [...]

High-demand radio frequency spectrum

2023-10-18T10:21:46+02:00October 18th, 2022|frequency, ICASA, snippets|

| 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | [18 October 2023] ICASA presented in Parliament on 27 September 2023 on how the availability of the spectrum will transform and create competition in the telecommunication sector with respect to the reduction of costs to communicate. ICASA [...]

Rights of licensees to deploy electronic communications networks

2022-09-10T17:17:40+02:00September 10th, 2022|access, legislation, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[10 September 2022] The City of Johannesburg has published a Draft Wayleave Bylaw for public comment. [pdf-embedder url="https://www.ellipsis.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/CoJ_Draft-Wayleave-bylaw.pdf" title="CoJ_Draft Wayleave bylaw"] Submissions are due by end of the business day on 26 September 2022 and can be submitted to tshepomawa@joburg.gov.za / petermaoko@joburg.org.za. __ [6 March 2022] The High Court in Grahamstown has again confirmed the [...]

Review of Universal Service and Access Obligation (USAO) framework

2022-04-03T23:10:39+02:00April 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 [...]

Law reform: Children and pornography

2022-03-31T14:49:32+02:00March 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. [...]

National Radio Frequency Plan for South Africa

2022-03-29T16:28:54+02:00March 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 [...]

Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN)

2022-03-12T19:11:24+02:00March 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 [...]

Critical Infrastructure Protection Act 2019

2022-03-13T09:59:32+02:00March 10th, 2022|Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Open for comment, snippets|

[13 March 2022] The President has proclaimed the commencement of certain sections of the Act, determining 30 April 2022 as the date on which sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7(1)(b), 7(3), 7(4), 7(5), 8, 9(1), 9(2), 12, 14(5), 14(6), 14(7), 15 and sections 27(1), 27(5), 27(7) and 27(8) will come into force. Proclamation [...]

South Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

2022-03-06T17:09:13+02:00March 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 [...]

Electronic Services Regulations under the Value-Added Tax Act

2022-01-03T16:16:28+02:00January 3rd, 2022|miscellaneous, snippets|

[3 January 2022] On 10 December 2021 the South African Revenue Service (SARS) published a public notice prescribing the particulars that must be included in a tax invoice where there is a supply of electronic services. VAT Act Particulars that tax invoice must contain if supply by a vendor relates to electronic services ___ [18 [...]

ICASA inquiry into long-term spectrum outlook

2022-01-03T12:30:42+02:00December 26th, 2021|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[26 December 2021] ICASA has issued a notice setting out  its intention to conduct an inquiry into the outlook for spectrum management and usage over the long term. Notice of intention to conduct an inquiry into the long-term spectrum outlook The deadline for submissions is 16h00 on 4 March 2022: these should be submitted to [...]

Analysis of Tariff Notifications Submitted to ICASA by Network Operators

2021-10-01T11:02:51+02:00October 1st, 2021|ICASA, snippets|

[1 October 2021] ICASA has published their analysis of tariff notifications submitted to it by network operators for the period 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021. Tariff Report 2021 (January – June) ___ [20 May 2021] ICASA has published their analysis of tariff notifications submitted to it by network operators for the period 1 [...]

MeerKAT & SKA

2021-09-01T11:47:13+02:00September 1st, 2021|frequency, snippets|

Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act - Promulgation - Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas ICASA Media Release on the potential impact of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act, 2007 on existing and future frequency spectrum licensees (September 2010) Declaration of Areas to be Core Astronomy Advantage Areas in terms of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act, 2007 (August 2010) [...]

Data and Cloud Policy for South Africa

2021-07-26T10:38:59+02:00July 23rd, 2021|4IR, Open for comment, snippets|

[23 July 2021] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies is considering submissions received on the proposed policy and well as input received at a colloquium held online on 18 June 2021. The Deputy Minister in her Budget Speech noted that the intention was to submit a finalised policy to Cabinet for approval by the [...]

ICTs for people with disabilities

2021-04-09T12:02:27+02:00April 9th, 2021|Consumer Protection, licensing, miscellaneous, Open for comment, snippets|

[9 April 2021] ICASA has published the final Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, 2021 which will come into force 18 months from the date of publication in the Gazette (10 October 2022). Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, 2021 Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, 2021 - Reasons Document ___ [24 July 2020] ICASA [...]

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