Scary new Internet censorship law for South Africa

2015-10-20T19:57:13+00:00Oct 20th, 2015|Media Mentions, Uncategorized|

Ellipsis director and regulatory expert Dominic Cull highlighted that it is not significant that the bill has been approved by Cabinet.“The debate only begins when the bill is introduced in Parliament,” said Cull. “Don’t expect the bill to look the same coming out as it did going in.”Cull said the process of drafting an online content [...]

Final ICT Policy Review Recommendations

2015-09-29T16:02:45+00:00Sep 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Contents OPEN INTERNET AND NET NEUTRALITY. 4 R3. OPEN INTERNET POLICY. 4 R4. NET NEUTRALITY LIMITATIONS. 4 R5. BROADBAND INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE AS AN ESSENTIAL FACILITY. 5 CONVERGENCE. 5 R15. POLICY OBJECTIVES UNDERPINNING CONVERGENCE. 5 R56.  IP BASED TECHNOLOGIES. 6 R57.  OVER-THE-TOP (OTT) SERVICES. 6 R72.  POLICY FOR CLOUD COMPUTING.. 7 COMPETITION ISSUES. 8 R16.  ANNUAL  [...]

ICASA and the National Consumer Commission

2017-03-02T16:13:17+00:00Jul 24th, 2015|Consumer Affairs, ICASA, snippets, Uncategorized|

[13 July 2015] ICASA and the National Consumer Commission (NCC) have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement which sets out which type of consumer complaints each will deal with in future. Memorandum of Agreement entered into between the National Consumer Commission and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (July 2015) In broad terms: the NCC [...]

ISPA’s three wishes

2015-07-01T13:26:58+00:00Jul 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

ISPA has asked for greater competition through open access, an understanding of net neutrality, and a regulator that is equipped to translate policy into practice. Source: ISPA’s three wishes

Last chance for missing licensees

2017-03-01T14:13:51+00:00May 3rd, 2015|compliance, snippets, Uncategorized|

[3 May 2015] ICASA has published a notice in the Gazette and issued a press release notifying four holders of service licences granted under the Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005. In a way it is astonishing that it has taken this long.... In any event Inburru Technologies (Pty) Ltd Primetel (Pty) Ltd Netralink (Pty) [...]

DoC Broadcasting Policy Review

2017-03-03T12:58:38+00:00Dec 1st, 2014|broadcasting / DTT, Open for comment, policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[1 December 2014] The deadline for submissions has been extended to 16 January 2015. Notice on DoC website ___ [13 November 2014]  The Department of Communications has called for written proposals on a new review of existing broadcasting policy. Call for Written Proposals on Broadcasting Policy Review November 2014 Minister's Statement on the Broadcasting Policy [...]

City of Cape Town draft Telecommunication Infrastructure Policy

2017-05-10T14:51:05+00:00Jul 28th, 2014|access, snippets, Uncategorized|

[28 July 2014] The City of Cape Town is in the process of drafting a Telecommunication Infrastructure Policy which will provide guidance to telecommunications providers and municipal decision-makers as regards the deployment of electronic communications facilities and networks. The City has given notice in terms of Section 17 of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act that [...]

ICASA Amendment Act 2014

2017-03-02T16:33:40+00:00May 17th, 2014|legislation, policy, snippets, Uncategorized|

[17 May 2014] The ICASA Amendment Act 2 of 2014 commenced on 16 May 2014 in terms of a proclamation signed by the President on 10 May 2014. Commencement of ICASA Amendment Act 2014 ___ [15 April 2014] Overview of the ICASA Amendment Act 2014 ___ [8 April 2014] The ICASA Amendment Act 2 of 2014 [...]

Consultative process to develop a comprehensive paper on the taxation of electronic services

2014-04-16T09:36:53+00:00Apr 16th, 2014|News, snippets, Uncategorized|

[16 April 2014] National Treasury notes in a press release that the growth and development of electronic services raises many complex issues, and hence that traditional tax (both indirect and direct) and regulatory measures may not be as effective in meeting their objectives as they for traditional goods and services. There is a need to modernise [...]

ICASA ICT Statistics Questionnaire

2013-08-21T10:16:19+00:00Aug 21st, 2013|competition, snippets, Uncategorized|

[21 August 2013] ICASA have released a questionnaire designed to collect information from licensees for the purpos developing an up-to-date set of "Status of the Sector" reports preparing for upcoming market reviews into the effectiveness of competition in the ICT sector meeting SA's reporting obligations to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Licensees are required to [...]

Under-Serviced Areas Definitions Regulations, 2012

2017-03-03T13:56:21+00:00Sep 16th, 2012|snippets, Uncategorized, universal Access|

These regulations - published under section 88(2) of the ECA on 10 September 2012 (GG 35675) - define the term “Underserviced area” and sets out a list of district/local/ metropolitan municipalities together with percentages for Internet / Computer / Telephone/ Cellphone penetration based on the Stats SA 2007 Household Survey. Presumably these figures will be used [...]

ICASA Notice – Shareholding Structure (IECS & IECNS)

2012-01-02T20:50:58+00:00Dec 30th, 2011|snippets, Uncategorized|

ICASA has issued a notice in the Government Gazette published on 28 December 2011, requesting shareholding information from certain Individual licensees.   The notice specifies 82 licensees who ICASA believes have yet to provide the shareholding information specified. These licensees have 14 days to submit the requested information or they will be referred to the [...]

EC Amendment Bill withdrawal

2011-11-24T11:27:04+00:00Nov 24th, 2011|snippets, Uncategorized|

The Electronic Communications Amendment Bill gazetted on the 4th of November has been withdrawn by the Department of Communication. The Department cites the need "...to allow further consultation within government on the contents of the Bill" as the reason for the sudden about-face. Gazette 34774 (Withdrawal of the EC Amendment Bill 2011)  

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