Cybersecurity

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 [...]

Hate speech online

2018-12-12T00:31:40+02:00Dec 12th, 2018|content regulation, Open for comment, snippets|

[12 December 2018] The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has invited stakeholders and interested persons to submit written submissions on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill 2018. Submissions must be received by no later than 31 January 2019, with public hearings to be scheduled thereafter. Submissions and enquiries [...]

Official list of Regulated Standards for Technical Equipment and Electronic Communications Facilities

2018-11-23T23:13:13+02:00Nov 23rd, 2018|snippets, Type Approval & Labelling|

[23 November 2018] ICASA has published proposed amendments to its official list of regulated standards for technical equipment and electronic communications facilities for comment. Notice of intention to amend the regulations of the official list of regulated Standards for Technical Equipment and Electronic Communications Facilities Submissions are due by 16h00 on 10 January 2018 and [...]

The iKamva National e-Skills Institute (iNeSI)

2018-11-20T11:03:27+02:00Nov 16th, 2018|miscellaneous, policy, snippets|

[16 November 2018] The Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services, following a number of deliberations on the Bill has recommended that the redrafted Bill be adopted by the House. The Bill has been amended to strengthen the governance and management arrangements of the Institute, and the title amended to more accurately reflect the nature [...]

Type approval: confiscated equipment

2018-09-04T09:20:07+02:00Sep 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+02:00Sep 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+02:00Aug 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 [...]

Broadcasting: Invitation to Apply for MUX 3 capacity

2018-08-03T16:51:18+02:00Aug 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 [...]

SMME development in the ICT sector

2018-05-28T19:40:48+02:00May 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. [...]

Cancelled Licences

2018-06-18T07:57:04+02:00Nov 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+02:00Nov 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+02:00Nov 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+02:00Nov 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+02:00Nov 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+02:00Nov 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+02:00Oct 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 [...]

Internet for All Initiative

2017-07-16T16:15:40+02:00Jul 14th, 2017|policy, snippets|

[14 July 2017] The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has published a concept document which provides an overview of the South Africa Internet for All programme. The initiative sees government partner with the World Economic Forum and their global Internet for All project, which aims to accelerate access to the 4 billion people globally [...]

ICASA 5G Forum

2018-05-23T16:45:25+02:00May 23rd, 2017|frequency, snippets, Uncategorized|

[23 May 2018] ICASA will be supporting the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in hosting the 5th Annual 5G Huddle, to be held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere. The event will take place from from 29 to 30 May 2018 in Durban. Further details can be found in the ICASA press release [...]

ICASA enters into a technical agreement with the Mozambican regulator

2017-04-21T16:08:08+02:00Apr 20th, 2017|ICASA, snippets|

[20 April 2017] ICASA has entered into a technical agreement with the communications regulatory authority of Mozambique. The agreement is aimed at strengthening relations with neighbouring countries to ensure an interference-free provision of communications services as well as collaboration between regulators, and will look to facilitate: Co-operation on the co-ordination, control and management of radio [...]

Vodacom acquisition of Neotel

2017-04-11T15:36:14+02:00Apr 11th, 2017|competition, snippets|

[11 April 2017] We have obtained a copy of the judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal, which confirms that the appeal lodged by Neotel was dismissed on a legal technicality. Judgment - Neotel (Pty) Ltd v Telkom SOC others __ [20 March 2017] The Supreme Court of Appeal has declined Neotel's appeal. The finding [...]

BEE ICT Sector Code

2017-02-21T13:25:16+02:00Jan 30th, 2017|News, Open for comment, policy, snippets|

[30 January 2017]  The B-BBEE ICT Sector Council presented on its progress in implementing the ICT Sector Code to the Portfolio Committee for Telecommunications and Postal Services on 24 January 2017. The Council noted that – since it was established in September 2015 – it has: Consulted with the ICT Industry as part of the [...]

ICASA notice on individual licence transfers and historically disadvantaged groups

2017-03-03T08:49:24+02:00Oct 26th, 2016|individual licence applications, snippets, standard terms and conditions|

[26 October 2016] ICASA has published a Notice which effectively deletes regulation 2(1A), reversing the amendment which MTN had taken issue with. Notice repealing Regulation 2(1A) Presumably this represents the end of the MTN application. ___ [25 September 2016] MTN has lodged an application against ICASA seeking the review of an amendment effected to the [...]

Numbering applications

2016-10-19T11:06:28+02:00Oct 19th, 2016|Numbering, snippets|

[19 October 2016] ICASA have indicated that any applications for numbering submitted in the incorrect format will be rejected; the updated application form can be downloaded at the link below. Ellipsis is able to assist with this process, please contact Sumaiyah Makda (Sam) for further information. Application form ___ [23 October 2014] The documents below are no [...]

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