Domain name management

2018-09-18T15:32:47+00:00Sep 17th, 2018|snippets, Uncategorized|

[17 September 2018] ZADNA has released a .za Registrar Fee review notice for comments, feedback and/or proposals regarding the review of the wholesale fee that applies to the .za second level domains. ZADNA members, .ZA SLD Registry Operators, .ZA Registrars, Registrants (i.e. holders of domain names), the South African Internet Community and the South African [...]

Type approval: confiscated equipment

2018-09-04T09:20:07+00:00Sep 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+00:00Sep 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+00:00Aug 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+00:00Aug 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+00:00Aug 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 [...]

ITU Questionnaires

2018-08-02T10:42:58+00:00Aug 2nd, 2018|snippets, Uncategorized|

[2 August 2018] ICASA has released  the International Telecommunications Union’s Long Questionnaire on telecommunications statistics for 2017. The Long Questionnaire consists of 14 sections and 69 indicators and covers the period from January 2017 to December 2017. Licensees are required to submit their responses by 24 August 2018 to ictindicators@icasa.org.za. Any queries can be directed to Mr [...]

Community Broadcasting

2018-07-03T12:56:28+00:00Jul 3rd, 2018|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, snippets|

[3 July 2018] ICASA will be holding public hearings to provide an opportunity for those interested parties who submitted written submissions on the Draft Regulations for Community Broadcasting Services to make oral presentations. The hearings will take place on 23 July 2018 at ICASA's head office, details for which can be found at the following [...]

Update to the National Radio Frequency Plan

2018-06-04T09:21:44+00:00May 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+00:00May 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. [...]

Numbering Plan Regulations 2016

2018-05-21T13:47:59+00:00May 21st, 2018|Numbering, snippets, Uncategorized|

[21 May 2018] ICASA has requested that all relevant licensees provide progress reports on the migration of machine related services to the 14-digit numbering block specified for this purpose in the interval leading up to the 28 September 2018 deadline. The three reports should adhere to the format as per the Notice below and should [...]

The (new) Department of Communications

2018-05-09T13:52:11+00:00May 9th, 2018|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[9 May 2018] Report of the Portfolio Committee on Communications - Budget Vote 3: Communications ___ [17 April 2018] Presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communications: Department of Communications Strategic Plan 2018.19 - 2020.21 ___ [28 February 2018] The Estimate of National Expenditure for the Department for the period 2018/19 - 2020/21 reveals that the [...]

Ownership and Control of Service Licences

2018-05-08T10:41:40+00:00May 8th, 2018|ICASA, individual licence applications, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[8 May 2018] The submissions made in response to the Discussion Document can be found below: American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa Business Carrier Coalition Cell C George Matlakala Internet Solutions ISPA Kagiso Media Liquid Telecom MTN MultiChoice National Association of Broadcasters Primedia Broadcasting South African Communications Forum Telkom Tracker Vodacom WAPA ___ [19 [...]

Inquiry into competition in subscription television broadcasting services

2018-04-04T10:53:07+00:00Apr 4th, 2018|broadcasting / DTT, competition, ICASA, snippets|

[4 April 2018] ICASA will be holding public hearings in respect of the the Discussion Document on the Inquiry into Subscription Television Broadcasting Services on 7 to 11 May 2018 at ICASA's offices in Sandton. Those stakeholders who provided written submissions have the opportunity to make oral presentations. Enquiries can be directed to Ms Violet [...]

ICASA Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plans (RFSAPs)

2018-03-23T23:55:22+00:00Mar 23rd, 2018|access, frequency, ICASA, snippets|

[23 March 2018] ICASA have published the following final radio frequency spectrum assignment plans: Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan for frequency band 138MHz to 143.6 MHZ Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan for frequency band 150.5 to 153 MHz Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan for frequency band 380 to 400 MHz Radio frequency spectrum assignment plan [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2018-03-23T16:14:27+00:00Mar 23rd, 2018|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[23 March 2018] ICASA has given notice of the annual increase to be implemented in respect of radio frequency spectrum licence fees. The new fees will effective from 1 April 2018 and will increase by 5.3% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice Old fee (ZAR) New fee (ZAR) Unit Price per [...]

E-Band and V-Band spectrum

2018-03-16T09:15:40+00:00Mar 16th, 2018|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[16 March 2018] ICASA has updated the register of links in the self-regulated portion of the E Band. E-Band self-coordinated-register-February 2018 ___ [5 September 2017] ICASA has published a first register of links in the self-regulated portion of the E Band. E-Band self-coordinated-register-July 2017 ___ [29 April 2017] ICASA has published useful information on use [...]

ICASA Consumer Advisory Panel

2018-03-01T16:43:02+00:00Mar 1st, 2018|Consumer Affairs, snippets|

[1 March 2018] The Consumer Advisory Panel will be (re)launched at the capital Moloko Hotel on 9 March, with registration commencing at 09h00. __ [28 June 2017] ICASA has published a Reasons Document on the Consumer Advisory Panel Regulations which can be viewed at the following link: Consumer Advisory Panel Regulations 2017 - Reasons Document [...]

Review of Universal Service and Access Obligation (USAO) framework

2018-03-12T12:29:32+00:00Feb 27th, 2018|News, Open for comment, snippets, universal Access|

[27 February 2018] ICASA has invited the public to comment on an application filed by Telkom on 16 November 2017 for the amendment of its Universal Service and Access Obligations ("USAOs"). ICASA commenced with the review of USAOs of licensees in 2008/09, with the intention of amending the obligations taking into account the changed circumstances [...]

ICTs for people with disabilities

2017-12-20T10:06:35+00:00Dec 20th, 2017|Consumer Protection, licensing, miscellaneous, snippets|

[20 December 2017] The deadline for submissions on the Draft Code for Persons with Disabilities has been extended to 16h00 on 17 January 2018. Extension Code for Persons with Disabilities Draft Regulations ___ [21 November 2017] ICASA has published a further draft of the Code for Persons with Disabilities after taking into consideration comments and [...]

Competition Amendment Bill 2017

2017-12-06T18:10:49+00:00Dec 6th, 2017|competition, snippets|

[6 December 2017] The Minister for Economic Development has published draft amendments to the Competition Act for public comment. Draft Competition Amendment Bill 2017 Press release - Draft Competition Amendment Bill 2017 Comments are due by 31 January 2018. The proposed amendments are interesting in that they are intended to provide the competition authorities with [...]

Cancelled Licences

2018-06-18T07:57:04+00:00Nov 24th, 2017|licensing, snippets|

[18 June 2018] ICASA has published a notice in the Government Gazette declaring that the individual electronic communications service licence (IECS) and class electronic communications network service licence (CECNS) issued to Ukhahlamba Communications (Pty) Ltd to have expired due to a failure of the licensee to commence operations or request an extension as well as [...]

Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill 2018

2017-11-15T18:02:03+00:00Nov 15th, 2017|Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Open for comment, snippets|

[15 November 2017] The deadline for submissions on the Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill has been extended to 24 November 2017. __ [5 November 2017] The Portfolio Committee on Police will undertake a clause-by-clause vote on the Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill [B22-2017] on 30 November 2017 and intends to vote on its adoption on 1 December 2017. [...]

National e-Strategy

2017-12-12T18:43:32+00:00Nov 10th, 2017|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[11 November 2017] The finalised National e-Strategy Digital Society South Africa has been published in the Government Gazette: National e-Strategy Digital Society South Africa __ [10 April 2017] The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has published for comment a draft National e-Strategy under section 5{3) of the Electronic Communications and Transaction Act of 2002. [...]

National e-Government Strategy: Digitizing government services

2017-12-12T18:46:25+00:00Nov 10th, 2017|Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[10 November 2017] The finalised National e-Government Strategy and Roadmap has been published in the Government Gazette: National e-Government Strategy and Roadmap __ [11 April 2017] The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has published for comment a draft National e-Government Strategy under section 5(3) of the Electronic Communications and Transaction Act of 2002. Draft [...]

Domain Name Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations

2017-11-10T19:17:23+00:00Nov 10th, 2017|miscellaneous, snippets|

[10 November 2017] The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has published further, extensive amendments to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations. ECTA Regulations - Alternative Dispute Resolution - Amendment __ [12 December 2015] This proposed amendment has now been effected. Amendment of Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations Regulation 2 of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations issued [...]

Portfolio Committee hearings on Cost to Communicate

2017-11-05T13:28:02+00:00Nov 5th, 2017|competition, Consumer Affairs, snippets|

[5 November 2017] The DTPS presented on the cost to communicate before the Telecommunications and Postal Services Portfolio Committee on 31 December 2017. A presentation on data pricing trends was also made by Research ICT Africa. DTPS presentation on Cost to Communicate 31 October 2017 Research ICT Africa presentation on Cost to Communicate 31 October 2017 [...]

National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper

2018-03-28T11:13:01+00:00Oct 21st, 2017|policy, snippets|

[17 November 2017] The Electronic Communications Amendment Bill - a major instrument through which the White Paper is to be implemented was published for public comment on 17 November 2017.  Updates __ [21 October 2017] The Minister and the Department presented their plans to introduce legislation into Parliament to further the implementation of aspects of the ICT [...]

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