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Electronic Communications Law Digest

This is a free service provided by Wits LINK Centre Visiting Adjunct Professor Justine Limpitlaw. If you would like to receive the service via email, send your request to justine@limpitlaw.co.za 

Updated 16 April 2019

Latest Notices 

Body

Content

GG No.

Notice No.

Date

Comment

DOC

Appointment of non-executive directors to the SABC Board by the President

42403

234

15 April

For noting


Ongoing General Regulatory Processes Pending in 2019

Body

Content

Status

Relevant GG References

ICASA

Draft Amendment to the Numbering Plan Regulations to make provision for a short code “116” for child helpline services

Called for written submissions

42272

ICASA

Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations

Called for written submissions, date extended

42115, letter from ICASA

ICASA

Notice of intention to amend list of regulated standards for technical equipment and electronic communications facilities

Called for written submissions

42056

ICASA

Notice of intention to conduct market enquiry into mobile broadband services

Called for written submissions, date extended

42044, 42313

DTPS

Proposed policy directions to ICASA on licensing of Unassigned High Demand Spectrum

Called for written submissions

41935

DOC

Proposed Policy Directive on Introduction of Digital Sound Broadcasting

Called for written submissions

41928

ICASA

Must Carry regulatory impact assessment

Questionnaire published

See website

Dept. of Economic Development

Competition Amendment Bill

In Parliament

41756

DTPS

Intended introduction of the Ikamva National E-Skills Institute Bill, 2018 to the National Assembly

Notification given

41581

DTPS

ECA Amendment Bill [B31 of 2018]

Withdrawn by Parliament

41880, announcement by Parliament

DOC

Draft Films and Publications Board Tariffs Review

Called for written submissions – 10 November

41142, date clarified in an email

ICASA

Inquiry into Subscription TV Broadcasting Services

Called for written submissions, date extended twice – 4 December. Oral Hearings held, called for comments on draft Findings Doc

41070, 41102 (erratum), 41155, 41192, 42391 N573

Competition Commission

Notice of an Enquiry into Data Services

Called for written submissions

41054

ICASA

ITA for a composite licence ie Commercial Subscription TV Service and applicable Mux 3 frequencies

Call for applications, happened twice

41377, 41799

Dept of Justice and Constitutional Development

Draft Code of Administrative Good Conduct to provide administrators with practical guidelines and information for efficient administration

Called for written submissions

40540

Dept. of Justice and Constitutional Development

Prevention and Combatting of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill

To be introduced in the National Assembly

40367, 41543.

DTI

Intellectual Property Consultative Framework

Called for representations

40262

ICASA

Enquiry into the competitiveness of the subscription TV services market

ICASA has published corrections to the notice about the process

40133, 40256

Dept of Economic Development – Competition Commission

Draft Guidelines on Assessment of Public Interest Provisions in Merger Regulations

Called for written comments

39560

DOC

Films and Publications Amendment Bill

Approved by National Assembly [B37B – 2015]

39322

ICASA

Discussion Document on use of the V and E Bands

Called for written comments

39180

GSIS

Draft Marketing, Advertising and Communication Sector Charter

Called for written comments

39175

Parliament

Notice of intent to introduce a Private Members Bill on Draft Protection of Critical Infrastructure Bill

Called for written comments

39147

Dept of Justice

Invitation to comment on Draft Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill

Closing date 30 Nov 2015

39161

ICASA

ITA for spectrum on Multiplex 3 to provide commercial subscription television broadcasting services

Third ITA issued with no reference to previous iterations/processes

gg 39191, 39797, 41362 N. 983,

41377 N.7

DOC

Draft Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

Requested written submissions

38947

Film and Publications Board

Draft Online Regulation Policy

Requested written submissions

38531

ICASA

Draft Regs - Code for Persons with Disabilities

Requested additional written submissions

38211, 41265, 41345

DOC

Call for Proposals on Broadcasting Policy Review

Requested written submissions, issued Discussion Paper

38206, 41738, N. 358, 41803

DTPS

Proposed amendment of Alternative Dispute Resolution Regs under the ECT Act

Requested written submissions

38128, 40428

USAASA

Draft Recommendations for Qualifying Criteria for Set Top Box Scheme of Ownership and Support

Requested written submissions

38134

ICASA

Draft International Mobile Telecommunications Roadmap, update of process re licensing and Final roadmap published by the Notice is blank.

Requested written submissions, twice.

Public hearings held

37948, 39301, 42021 N683, 42355 and 42361.

 

ICASA

Competition in ICT Sector Enquiry

Public hearings held

37456, 37990

ICASA

Cost to Communicate Programme

Initiated

36532

ICASA

Framework for toll-free services ( ie 080 numbers)

Public hearings held

36722, 36821

ICASA

Draft Bitstream and shared/full loop access Regulations.

Published explanatory memorandum and requested comments thereon

36705, 36840, 37121,

 

Electronic Communications-Related Legislation and Regulations Enacted and Position Papers Finalised 2019

Body

Content

GG No.

Notice No.

Date

ICASA

Fees and charges for Postal Services

42193

65

28 Jan

ICASA

Amendments to the End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations

42225

128

12 Feb

ICASA

Radio Frequency Spectrum Plan for 440-441 MHz

42230

74

15 Feb

ICASA

Radio Frequency Spectrum Plan for 2025 - 2110 MHz paired with 220 – 2285 MHz

42230

75

15 Feb

ICASA

Findings and Position Paper on Inquiry into Equity Ownership by Historically Disadvantaged Groups and the application of the ICT Sector Code

42234

85

15 Feb

ICASA

Amendment to the 2014 Regulations on Party Elections Broadcast, Political Advertisements and the Equitable Treatment of Political Parties by Broadcasting Licensees and Ruling and Reasons Document

42249

245

25 Feb

ICASA

Amendment the End User and Subscriber Service Charter Amendment Regulations 2019.

42266

286

28 Feb

ICASA

Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment: 75.2 to 87.5 MHz

42286

124

8 Mar

ICASA

Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment: 1518 to1525 MHz

42286

125

8 Mar

ICASA

Commercial FTA TV licence granted to Kwese TV

Media Release

 

19 Mar

ICASA

Position Paper on Unreserved Postal Services

42323

438

22 March

ICASA

Community Broadcasting Services Regulations

42323

439

22 March

DTPS

Determination of date of Transfer of the former Postbank Division of the South African Post Office to the South African Postbank Company SOC Limited

42323

151

22 March

ICASA

Position Paper and Findings Doc on the Use of Digital Sound Broadcasting in South Africa

42337

164

29 March

ICASA

Radio Frequency Assignment Plan for the Band: 825 to 830 MHz and 870 to 875 MHz

42337

165

29 March

ICASA

Final Radio Frequency Migration Plan 2019

42337

166

29 March

ICASA

Notice on the status of the process to licence international mobile telecommunications

42355

194

29 March

ICASA

Ordering System Specification for Number Portability

42358

518

29 March

ICASA

Notice regarding the Final International Telecommunications Roadmap

42361

197

29 March

ICASA

Position Paper and Findings Document on an Inquiry into the Role and Responsibilities of ICASA in Cybersecurity

42363

521

29 March

ICASA

State of ICT Report

Media Release

 

1 April

ICASA

Increased spectrum licence fees

42370

200

1 April

ICASA

Increased administrative fees

42370

201

1 April

ICASA

Increase in administrative fees in relation to type-approvals 2013

42377

202

3 April

ICASA

Amendments to the National and Provincial Party Elections Broadcasts and Political Advertisements Regulations, 2014

42374

534

2 April

Dept. Sci and Tech

Use of spectrum between 100MHz and 2.5 GHZ and radio transmissions therein are prohibited within the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas from 15 December 2019

42399

583

12 April


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While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided in this Electronic Communications Law Digest, neither Justine Limpitlaw nor the Wits LINK Centre can be held responsible for any omissions or for errors contained herein.

 

 

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