Audio and audiovisual content policy

2022-02-12T14:41:50+02:00Feb 12th, 2022|broadcasting / DTT, content regulation, News, snippets|

[12 February 2022] The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies will host an online colloquium on the "Draft White Paper on Audio and Audio Visual Content Policy Framework: A new vison for South Africa" on Wednesday 16 February 2022. Colloquium Programme Colloquium Presentation [12 May 2021] Public hearings on the Draft White Paper on Audio [...]

ICASA review of Number Portability Regulations

2022-06-14T13:20:04+02:00Jan 3rd, 2022|Numbering, snippets|

Jump to year: 2021 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 [3 January 2022] ICASA has published an amended Ordering System Specification for number portability. Amendments to the Ordering System Specifications for Geographic, Non-Geographic and Mobile Number Portability, 2021 Reasons Document for Amendments to the Ordering System Specifications 2021 The amended OSS [...]

ICASA inquiry into long-term spectrum outlook

2022-01-03T12:30:42+02:00Dec 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 [...]

Frequency Migration Regulations and Frequency Migration Plan

2021-12-26T17:36:00+02:00Dec 26th, 2021|frequency, snippets|

[26 December 2021]  ICASA published a findings document in respect of its inquiry into the implementation of the Radio Frequency Migration Plan and of the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Roadmap on 24 December 2021. Findings Document Implementation of the Radio Frequency Migration Plan and IMT Roadmap The deadline for submissions is 16h00 on Friday 11 [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

2021-12-26T17:02:43+02:00Dec 26th, 2021|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[26 December 2021] ICASA has published the Radio Frequency Spectrum Amendment Regulations, 2021, which came into operation upon publication in the Government Gazette on 24 December 2021. Radio Frequency Spectrum Amendment Regulations 2021 These regulations update Annexure B to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015, which sets out a table of bands and specifications in [...]

Cybercrimes Act

2022-03-12T16:52:09+02:00Nov 30th, 2021|legislation, snippets|

[30 November 2021] Cybercrimes Act Commencement of certain sections 19 November 2021 __ [9 June 2021] The Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020 has been signed by the President and will come into force on a date to be proclaimed in the Government Gazette. The period between assent and commencement will be spent develop standing operating [...]

Updated list of individual and class licence holders

2021-10-05T14:24:11+02:00Oct 5th, 2021|licensing, snippets|

[5 October 2021] ICASA have released updated class licensee lists for October 2021: ICASA list of Class Licensees (October 2021) ___ [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 [...]

National Infrastructure Plan 2050

2021-09-14T15:50:49+02:00Sep 14th, 2021|electronic communications infrastructure, Open for comment, snippets|

[14 September 2021] The deadline for comments on the draft National Infrastructure Plan 2050 has been extended to 1 October 2021 (previously 17 September 2021). Infrastructure Development Act: National Infrastructure Plan 2050: Extension of date for comments ___ [11 August 2021] The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has published a draft National Infrastructure [...]

MeerKAT & SKA

2021-09-01T11:47:13+02:00Sep 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) [...]

ICT and Digital Economic Masterplan for South Africa

2021-08-31T22:07:58+02:00Aug 31st, 2021|policy, snippets|

[31 August 2021] The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has published a request for proposals for a service provider to facilitate the “development of the Digital Economy Masterplan indicators, baseline against which change can be measured over the next 5 years and develop a theory of change”. RFP Digital Economy_IGP RFQ 10 Unfortunately it [...]

ICASA 5G Forum

2021-07-25T13:56:24+02:00Jul 25th, 2021|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[25 July 2021] ICASA have published a useful annual report providing an analysis and evaluation of the current status, readiness, and prospects for 5G in South Africa. ICASA 2021 5G Annual Report: The State of 5G in South Africa - From Readiness to Recommendations  The report is informed by a stakeholder survey, conducted amongst the [...]

Data and Cloud Policy for South Africa

2021-07-26T10:38:59+02:00Jul 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 [...]

Cybersecurity

2021-07-04T17:51:23+02:00Jul 4th, 2021|Cybersecurity, legislation, snippets|

[4 July 2021] The Cybersecurity Hub situated within the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has developed a Cybersecurity Awareness Portal with some useful information and resources. __ [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 [...]

ICTs for people with disabilities

2021-04-09T12:02:27+02:00Apr 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 [...]

Dynamic spectrum management in South Africa

2021-04-06T15:28:52+02:00Apr 4th, 2021|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[1 April 2021] The Regulations on the Use of Television White Spaces, 2018 came into force in 1 April 2021 and ICASA has invited Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and other potential users to commence commercial use. Notice to Enforce the Regulations on the use of Television White Spaces 2018 A list of certified providers [...]

ICASA Council

2021-04-03T10:59:41+02:00Apr 3rd, 2021|ICASA, snippets|

[3 April 2021] ICASA has published several Council decisions for 2020: 3 March 2020 17 March 2020 17 April 2020 24 April 2020 22 May 2020 26 May 2020 9 June 2020 7 July 2020 23 July 2020 28 July 2020 11 August 2020 30 September 2020 20 October 2020 ___ [3 April 2021] ICASA [...]

Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2022-04-01T15:11:33+02:00Apr 1st, 2021|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[1 April 2022] 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 2022 and will increase by 4.5% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice in terms of regulation 9A of radio frequency spectrum [...]

Digital sound broadcasting services

2021-01-22T11:42:32+02:00Jan 22nd, 2021|broadcasting / DTT, policy, snippets|

[22 January 2021] The public submissions in respect of the draft Digital Sound Broadcasting Regulations, 2020 can be found below: African Media Entertainment BlueLemon Broadcom Consumer Advisory Panel DRM Consortium National Association of Broadcasters National Community Radio Forum Primedia Broadcasting Radio Pulpit SABC SADIBA SENTECH Thembeka and Associates TWR Westbury Community Development Centre Trust ___ [...]

ICASA December closure

2020-12-15T14:59:17+02:00Dec 15th, 2020|ICASA, snippets|

[15 December 2020] ICASA will be partially closed over the December period with limited business operations available from 17 to 31 December. All ICASA offices will be fully operational from 4 February 2021. Please see the media release below for further details. ICASA Media Release ___ [13 December 2019] ICASA will be closed for the [...]

E-Band and V-Band spectrum

2020-12-11T13:21:26+02:00Dec 11th, 2020|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[12 December 2020] ICASA has updated the register of links in the self-regulated portion of the E Band. E-Band self-coordinated register March 2020 ___ [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 [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Data Services Market

2020-12-04T14:10:52+02:00Dec 4th, 2020|competition, snippets|

[4 December 2020] The Commission has amended the timelines for implementation of certain of the recommendations set out in the final report on its Data Services Market Inquiry. Competition Commission Data Services Market Inquiry Amendment to recommendations timelines The extensions are as follows: The recommendation for legislative changes to be effected to the ECA by [...]

Competition in the digital economy

2020-11-05T23:59:48+02:00Nov 5th, 2020|competition, Open for comment, snippets|

[5 November 2020] The final report was published on 2 November 2020. Competition in the Digital Economy Report ___ [26 September 2020] The deadline for comments has been extended to 30 October 2020. ___ [25 September 2020] What is this document about? In order to harness the promised benefits of digitisation South Africa must create [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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