All electronic communications service (ECS) and electronic communications network service (ECNS) licences issued by ICASA have a period of validity from the date of issue of the licence, being ten years for Class licences and twenty years for Individual Licences, respectively.
The requirement to renew certain CECS and CECNS licences is now an obligation faced by many licensees, as the first of these licences was issued in 2008. Individual licensees will only need to consider renewal processes in 2028.
Licensees holding CECS & CECNS licences are required to notify ICASA of their intention to renew these licences not less than 6 months prior to the expiry date of the licence. For example, a CECS licence issued 1 December 2009 will have an expiration date of 1 December 2019 and the Authority will need to be notified of the renewal between 1 December 2018 and 1 June 2019.
It is of particular importance that licensees holding a national CECS licence (i.e., issued before May 2014) ensure that they attend to this renewal timeously, as these licences cannot be re-registered once they have expired, and it is no longer possible to apply for these national CECS licences from ICASA. Due to this, it should be noted that there is a market for these licences which do have some economic value; these licences can be sold and transferred to a new party.
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