Who we are2018-07-12T12:52:06+00:00

Who we are

Ellipsis was established in 2007 as a provider of specialised legal advice and services to the telecommunications, broadcasting and related industries.

Overview

Electronic communications law is a blend of law, economics, engineering and policy, which is complicated by the rapid pace of change in information and communication technology, creating significant challenges for industry players. The central feature of the services provided by Ellipsis is the demystification of a complex area of law and technology and its distillation into simple, practical advice.

Ellipsis is involved in all stages of the communications law and regulation-making process on an ongoing basis, and liaises closely with, inter alia, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the Department of Communications, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, law enforcement agencies, the Film and Publications Board and other Government entities.

Over time, Ellipsis has evolved into a group of affiliated companies that each specialises in catering to the needs of customers and industry associations in the ICT and Telecommunications industries.

A link to our company profile can be downloaded here.

Professionals

Dominic Cull 

Dominic has extensive experience in advising on the commercial and regulatory aspects of new technology, broadcasting, and electronic communications ventures for local and international companies and policy and regulation in the ICT and telecommunications sectors, having spent 14 years advising the public and private sector on ICT legal issues.

Dominic is involved at all stages of the communications law and regulation-making process and liaises closely with, inter alia, the Independant Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the Department of Communications, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, SAPS Cybercrime Division, National Gambling Board, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services and the Film and Publications Board on an ongoing basis.

Dominic holds a B.Bus.Sci, an LLB, and an LLM in Information Communication Technology.

Sumaiyah Makda

Sumaiyah is an admitted attorney with corporate commercial experience, having previously worked at one of the top 5 law firms in Johannesburg.

Since joining Ellipsis, Sumaiyah has a developed a broad practice spanning the drafting and negotiating of commercial contracts as well as Class and Individual licence registrations, amendments, surrenders, transfers and number applications. Sumaiyah has extensive experience with regulatory compliance, with a particular focus on the financial reporting aspects of regulatory compliance.

Sumaiyah holds an LLB, a Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Law, an LLM in Information Communication Technology and is a Notary Public.

Anton Kotze

Anton’s experience of practising law and being involved in the management of large and start-up ISP businesses gives him a unique blend of telecommunications law and general commercial experience that allows him to understand his clients’ requirements and to apply the law to such requirements with a pragmatic approach.

Anton holds an LLB and a sense of humour.

Rolf Blom

Rolf is an admitted attorney with a background in general civil and insurance litigation having worked at a number at specialised law firms in Johannesburg. Since changing his focus and joining Ellipsis he has developed an understanding of ICASA’s internal processes and works closely with its licensing division, specifically with regard to Class licence registrations, surrenders and licence exemptions. Rolf primarily concerns himself with ICASA’s type approval framework and assists a number of domestic and international clients with all aspects pertaining to RF and TTE type approval, and has gained extensive experience in this area.

Ellipsis group company profiles

Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions

Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions’ core focus is to help licensees to navigate the complex maze of regulatory applications, procedures and reporting requirements which are a consequence of holding licences issued by ICASA.

ERS services include:

  • Licence applications, registrations and acquisitions;
  • Advice on spectrum licensing and usage;
  • Advice on numbering and usage;
  • Type approval applications;
  • Provision of advice and opinions on regulatory and electronic communications licensing issues;
  • Identification of applicable statutes and regulations and their application to your business;
  • Regulatory compliance services, including financial and other compliance reporting;
  • Compliance with Films and Publications Board requirements;
  • Assistance with interconnection and facilities leasing requests;
  • Assistance with responses to matters referred to the Complaints and Compliance Committee (ICASA-CCC); and
  • Representation in hearings before the ICASA-CCC Panel.

Ellipsis Consulting

Ellipsis Consulting provides specialist advisory and consulting services, including:

  • Advice on all legal and regulatory aspects of fibre network deployment and commercialisation of fibre networks;
  • Advice on spectrum management and policy;
  • Provision of advice and opinions on regulatory and electronic communications licensing issues;
  • Consulting and advice relating to online content regulation and registration with the Films and Publications Board;
  • Consulting and and advice relating to cybercrime and cybersecurity;
  • Drafting and negotiating lCT commercial agreements;
  • Research;
  • Monitoring and updating services; and
  • Drafting and the making of representations and submissions to Parliament, ICASA, Government Departments and other bodies.

Ellipsis Management Solutions

Ellipsis Management Solutions is experienced in the formation of industry associations, as well as the management of the general secretariat-related functions of industry associations in the ICT field. With this experience and our comfort with the area of focus of industry associations, we are able to provide guidance in meeting legislative and constitutional requirements allowing volunteer-driven associations to fulfil their management and operation requirements

Ellipsis Management Solutions specialises in the following services:

  • Secretariat services, which covers day-to-day operational needs, related administration and communication, internal meetings, reporting requirements and basic accounting;
  • Applications for registration as a non-profit entity;
  • Drafting of constitutions, policies and related documentation;
  • Project management services, which covers planning and implementation;
  • PR and Marketing services, which are offered as art additional service and includes strategy, implementation and digital marketing components; and
  • Events management services, which includes everything from conceptualising events and all stages of planning and running events, including the identification of suitable speakers and delegates.

People we like to work with

Mark Gray

Mark is our hands-on technical-regulatory resource, specialising in voice and ISP services in South Africa, Francophone Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Mark has strong in-country contacts in government and/or the local regulators.  Mark’s focus is on assisting service providers climb the value chain – setting up wholesale accounts, virtual ISP service (selecting the best vendor fit), interconnects, VoIP switches, billing systems, etc.

Mark has seen it all before…

Andrew Marshall

Andrew specialises in commercial law relating to ICT. He is also an adjudicator for several industry bodies, including WASPA. His other specialities include software law and the intellectual property aspects of ICT law.

Andrew recently spent a year in Johannesburg where he assisted with the contract management on several of Accenture’s larger ICT engagements. Andrew obtained a BA LLB at the University of Cape Town and was admitted as an attorney, notary and conveyancer in 1999. He then obtained a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider qualification and thus armed arrived in London when the dot-com bubble was just about to burst. After some three years as a computer programmer in London, Andrew returned to Cape Town where the law re-captured him, and he specialised in the ICT field. In 2005 Andrew completed an LLM in e-law from the University of Cape Town.

Andrew can be reached at andrew@dingleymarshall.co.za.

Services

Services incorporate all aspects of electronic communications law and regulation, including the provision of advice and opinions on regulatory and electronic communications licensing issues and the making of representations and submissions to ICASA and other bodies.

Further information can be found at the following link.

Who trusts us?

Ellipsis represents more than 350 South Africa licensees either directly or indirectly through industry associations.

We act as regulatory advisors to the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), the Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) and the Wireless Application Service Providers’ (WASPA) while also providing services to the FTTH Council Africa and the Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa.

Major international clients include Google, Inmarsat, the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC), Liquid Telecom, Orange, Lycamobile and Indigo Telecom.

Local clients include the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET), Vox Telecommunications, EOH Mthombo, Vumatel, Multisource, Link Africa, Century City Connect, University of Cape Town, Rabie Properties, American Tower Corporation (ATC), BitCo, MetroFibre, Networx, Afrihst, SMS Portal and Clickatell.