Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fees

2020-05-12T17:30:14+02:00Mar 25th, 2020|frequency, Open for comment, snippets|

[25 March 2020] 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 2020 and will increase by 4.1% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice in terms of regulation 9A of radio frequency spectrum [...]

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 [...]

Type Approval

2020-03-26T11:16:28+02:00Mar 25th, 2020|Open for comment, snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[25 March 2020] ICASA has given notice of the annual increase to be implemented in respect of type approval administrative fees. The new fees will be effective from 1 April 2020 and will increase by 4.1% based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Notice regarding the increase of administrative fees in relation to type [...]

Competition Commission Inquiry into Data Services Market

2020-03-15T00:02:40+02:00Mar 14th, 2020|competition, snippets|

[14 March 2020] The Commission announced the signing of a consent or settlement agreement with Vodacom on 10 March 2020. Vodacom Consent Agreement (Press Conference Speaking Notes for Commissioner) __ [3 February 2020] The Competition Competition has released a media statement with an update regarding its engagement with the mobile network operators, which has led [...]

Financial forecast report

2020-03-03T21:36:20+02:00Mar 3rd, 2020|compliance, ICASA, snippets|

[3 March 2020] ICASA has published its annual notice requiring licensees to submit their annual forecast of licence fees and USAF contributions. In addition, licensees must also submit “a trial balance; detailed management accounts and reconciliations between the trial balance, management accounts”. Licensees who are not yet operational are required to submit the specified documentation [...]

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

2019-12-17T19:00:11+02:00Dec 17th, 2019|snippets, Uncategorized|

[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 the 2019/2020 financial year on 3 September 2019. DTPS Quarter [...]

ICASA December closure

2019-12-13T12:33:47+02:00Dec 13th, 2019|ICASA, snippets|

[13 December 2019] ICASA will be closed for the festive season from end of business on the 13th of December 2019 with business resuming on 2 January 2020. ___ [15 December 2016] ICASA will be closed for the festive season from 19 December to 2 January 2017 with business resuming on 3 January:

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 [...]

Rights of licensees to deploy electronic communications networks

2019-10-07T14:37:21+02:00Oct 7th, 2019|access, legislation, licensing, Open for comment, snippets|

[7 October 2019] The City of Tshwane has published a draft micro-trenching policy for public comment. CoT Draft Micro-trenching policy V1.3 (2) Comments should be sent by email to by no later than 16h00 on 15 October 2019. This is the first instance we are aware of where a local government is indicating micro-trenching [...]

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 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 [...]

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): [...]

South Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

2020-07-19T21:13:55+02:00Apr 9th, 2019|policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[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 Futures SA's readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (6 July 2020) The deadline for written submissions is 27 July 2020 and these can sent to Mr Ashraf Kariem [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]

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