South Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

2020-10-25T12:10:54+02:00Oct 23rd, 2020|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[23 October 2020] The report of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PC4IR) has been gazetted. Report of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution ___ [18 July 2020] The National Planning Commission has released a Draft Paper - "Digital Futures: South Africa's readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution" for public comment. [...]

Digital and Future Skills Strategy for South Africa

2020-10-11T17:05:26+02:00Oct 10th, 2020|4IR, snippets, Uncategorized|

[10 October 2020] Overview Digital and Future Skills Strategy South Africa September 2020 ___ [27 September 2020] The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies published a final National Digital and Future Skills Strategy for South Africa. National Digital and Future Skills Strategy South Africa 23 September 2020  This Strategy sets out a structured series of [...]

Call Termination Regulations

2020-09-15T11:35:58+02:00Sep 14th, 2020|competition, snippets|

[14 September 2020] A reminder that the latest reduction in wholesale voice call termination rates as mandated by ICASA will take effect on 1 October 2020. 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 [...]

Electronic communications facilities leasing

2020-08-24T00:10:43+02:00Aug 24th, 2020|access, competition, snippets|

[22 August 2020] The High Court has delivered a clear and compelling judgement on electronic communications facilities leasing, a pro-competitive remedy which is critical to allowing access to and sharing of infrastructure. Telkom v ICASA & others 28332_18 The story is well-known: Vodacom had requested access to space in Telkom ducts to deploy fibre alongside [...]

Community Broadcasting

2020-08-14T10:01:12+02:00Aug 14th, 2020|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, snippets|

[14 August 2020] ICASA reminds interested communities to respond to the Invitation To Apply (ITA) for pre-registration in respect of applications for Digital Community Television Broadcasting Service Licences and applications for Radio Frequency Spectrum on Multiplex 1 (Mux 1). There will be two phases to the process: Phase 1: Consideration of the applications for pre-registration [...]

Rights of licensees to deploy electronic communications networks

2020-11-15T00:44:12+02:00Jul 31st, 2020|access, legislation, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[31 August 2020] The Constitutional Court has affirmed that licensees seeking to deploy electronic communications facilities on municipal land are required to comply with applicable municipal bylaws. Telkom, having come second in the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal in its attempts to legitimise its roll-out of masts without complying with zoning bylaws, [...]

Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) & communications

2020-08-23T19:04:20+02:00Jul 26th, 2020|News, policy, snippets, universal Access|

[26 July 2020] The Minister of Public Works and Administration has gazetted additional Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPS) which include: Strategic Integrated Project No 22: Digital Infrastructure Sub-project: a. National Spatial Infrastructure Hub Strategic Integrated Project No 30: Digitising of Government Information Programme Strategic Integrated Project No 35: SA Connect Phase 1B Programme Designation of Strategic [...]

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

2020-11-30T15:30:35+02:00Jul 12th, 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 [...]

Cybercrimes Bill

2020-06-23T00:27:43+02:00Jun 22nd, 2020|legislation, snippets|

[23 June 2020] The finalisation of the Cybercrimes Bill is significantly closer after the Select Committee approved its amendments and report on 11 June 2020. Committee statement on adoption of Cybercrimes Bill 11 June 2020 Cybercrimes Bill Committee Report 11 June 2020 NCOP proposed amendments to Cybercrimes Bill The next step is a vote in [...]

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 [...]

Updated list of individual and class licence holders

2020-07-08T12:06:00+02:00May 1st, 2020|licensing, snippets|

[8 July 2020] ICASA have released updated licensee lists for May 2020: ICASA List of IECS and IECNS Licensees (May 2020) ICASA List of CECS Licensees (May 2020) ICASA List of CECNS Licensees (May 2020) ___ [4 August 2018] ICASA List of class licensees August 2018 ___ [11 September 2017] ICASA List of Class Licensees September [...]

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 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 [...]

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

2020-11-07T18:19:19+02:00Dec 17th, 2019|snippets, Uncategorized|

...the story continues Department of Communications and Digital Technologies __ [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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 - [...]

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 [...]

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): [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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