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Electronic Communications Law Digest

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Updated 17 November 2020

Latest Notices 

Body

Content

GG No.

Notice No.

Date

Comment

ICASA

Notice of hearing schedule: Draft Regulations on Limitations of Control and Equity Ownership by HDGs

43908

660

13 Nov

For noting


Ongoing General Regulatory Processes Pending in 2020

Body

Content

Status

Relevant GG References

ICASA

Draft Digital Sound Broadcasting Services Regulations

Invited written comment

43900 N639

DCDT

Draft White Paper on Audio and Audio-Visual Content Services Policy Framework

Invited written comment

43797

Icasa

ITA: International Mobile telecommunications for mobile broadband wireless access services for urban and rural areas using the complimentary bands: IMT 700 IMT 800 IMT 2600 and IMT 3500

ITA Issued

43768

Icasa

ITA: Composite I-ECNS and radio frequency spectrum licences for the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN)

ITA Issued

43767

DCDT

Draft Policy and Policy Direction on the Rapid Deployment of Electronic Communications and Facilities

Invited written comment

43537, N800

DCDT

Draft Film and Publications Amendment Regulations 2020

Invited written comment

43495, N361

ICASA

Inviting applications for community TV broadcasting services and radio spectrum licences on Mux 1 – 22 licences are available.

Invited written comment, date extended

43088, N163

43113, N199

43766, N 533

ICASA

Draft Amendment of Rain Network’s Universal Service and Access Obligations

Invited written comment

43095, N311

ICASA

Draft Amendments to the Class Licensing Processes and Procedures Regulations

Invited written comment,

hearings

43082, N160

43864, N620

ICASA

Draft Amendments to the Standard Terms and Conditions Regulations for Class Licences

Invited written comment, hearings

43077, N157

43865, N621

 

ICASA

Draft regulations on Limitations of Control and Equity Ownership by HDI Groups and the application of the ICT Sector Code

Called for written comments, hearings

43021, N 91

43908, N660

ICASA

ITA to pre-register for a community sound broadcasting service licence

Called for applications, erratum published, called for comments

42835. N 606,

42967 N 13

43867, N622

 

ICASA

Information Memorandum on ICASA’s proposed licensing process for IMT (International Mobile Telecommunication) spectrum) in the frequency ranges IMT 700, 800, 2300, 2600 and 3500 for the purposes of providing national broadband wireless open access services.

Called for written representations

42820. N 597.

ICASA

Intention to Amend Annexure B of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations ie Apparatus exempt from radio frequency spectrum licences.

Called for written submissions

42590

ICASA

Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations

Called for written submissions, date extended, hearings held

Second draft published with additional call for written submissions

42115, letter from ICASA, letters from ICASA

43877, N635

ICASA

Notice of intention to conduct market enquiry into mobile broadband services

Called for written submissions on the Discussion Document, date extended

42044, 42313, 42878, 42941

ICASA

Must Carry Regulations – Discussion document

Call for submissions, date extended

42902, 42973,

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

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. Oral Hearings held, called for comments on draft Findings Doc, date extended twice: 4 Oct, hearings in Jan

41070, 41102 (erratum), 41155, 41192, 42391 N573, 42520 N895, 42673 N1129.

43872 N625

Competition Commission

Notice of an Enquiry into Data Services, provisional finding report released

Called for written submissions

41054, report

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

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, date extended

38211, 41265, 41345, 43418, 43555,

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 2020

Body

Content

GG No.

Notice No.

Date

ICASA

Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorisation – wrt para 8.4 of ICASA’s Regulatory Position on Equipment-Type Approval Exemption

43047

200

25 Feb

ICASA

Findings Report on the Review of the SA Post Office Price Cap Regulations

43090

276

13 Mar

ICASA

Official List of Regulated Standards for Technical Equipment and Electronic Communications Facilities Amendment Regulations

43132

357

24 Mar

DOCDT

Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions issued under the Disaster Management Regulations

43164

417

26 March

DOCDT

Amendment of Covid19 Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions

43209

451

6 April

ICASA

Covid19 Regulations for the ICT Sector

43207

238

6 April

ICASA

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

43230

245

15 Apr – to come into force on 16 July 2020

DCDT

Directions on the Risk Adjusted Strategy for Communications and Digital Technologies Sector

43263

484

3 May

ICASA

Amendment of Covid19 Regulations for the ICT Sector

43279

252

5 May

DOCDT

Amendment of Covid19 Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions

43299

516

8 May

ICASA

Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan for the band 2500-2690 MHz

43341

284

22 May

ICASA

Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan for the band 470-694 MHz

43341

285

22 May

DOCDT

Amendment of Covid19 Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions

43351

590

26 May

DOCDT

Directions of Zero Rating of Health and Education Websites under the Disaster Management Regulations

43413

651

5 June

ICASA

Framework to Qualify to Operate a Secondary Geo-Location Spectrum Database (re TV White Spaces Regs)

43398

311

5 June

Presidency

Notice announcing the coming into force of a number of sections of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act

43461

21

22 June

Presidency

Notice announcing the transfer of administration and powers and functions in terms of legislation to certain Cabinet members ie from Communications to Communications and Digital Technologies

43474

22

26 June

DCDT

Policy Direction on the Introduction of Digital Sound Broadcasting

43514

759

10 July

ICASA

Amendment of its Covid-19 Regulations

43707

500

11 Sept

ICASA

Short Code “139” for the Covid-19 National Emergency Services Centre

43729

512

22 Sept

DCDT

National Digital and Future Skills Strategy South Africa

43730

513

23 Sept

DOCG

Extension of the National State of Disaster (Covid-19) until 15 November 2020

43808

1090

14 Oct

DCDT

Publication of the Report by the Presidential Commission on the 4th Industrial Revolution

43834

591

23 Oct

DCDT

Amended Films and Publications Tariff’s Regulations

43872

1174

6 Nov


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