The CCC is required to investigate, and hear if appropriate, and make a finding on:
- All matters referred to it by ICASA
- Complaints received by the Committee and
- Allegations of non-compliance with the ICASA Act or underlying statutes
ICASA has taken to raising complaints against licensees for non-compliance with certain regulations under the Electronic Communications Act (“ECA”). This has been a noteworthy development for ECS and ECNS licence holders, as ICASA had previously not sought to invoke sanctions available for non-compliance with its reporting obligations through the CCC process.
There have been several fines issued to licensees found to be non-compliant, and thus to have contravened regulations under the ECA. CCC judgements can be found on ICASA’s website at CCC Judgements.
Most instances of a fine being imposed were due to a licensee having failed to supply financial statements and the late or non-submission of financial reports or USAF and licence fee payments. Sanctions have also been imposed for failure to commence operations after the grant of licence/s within the specified period, as well as failing to lodge updated contact details with ICASA.
ICASA has confirmed that this trend towards enforcing compliance with its regulatory framework will continue, and that it is actively stepping up its programme of visits to licensees’ premises to verify compliance with this end in mind.