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Archive - 6 April 2021 Digest

Latest Notices 

Body

Content

GG No.

Notice No.

Date

Comment

ICASA

Notice to submit annual forecast of licence fees and USAAF contributions by 30 April 2021

44343

278

29 March

For noting

ICASA

Notice of suspension of closing date for the submission of I-ECNS and spectrum licences for the WOAN

44368

159

31 March

Suspended until further notice in compliance with High Court Order

ICASA

Municipal Broadcasts and Political Advertisement Amendment Regulations

44370

161

31 March

For noting

ICASA

Draft Equipment Authorisation Regulations

44371

162

31 March

Written representations due within 30 working days

ICASA

Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations

44372

163

31 March

For noting

ICASA

Notice of the coming into Force of the TV White Spaces Regulations 2018

44373

164

31 March

For noting

ICASA

Amendment of the ICT-Covid 19 National Disaster Regulations

44374

165

31 March

For noting – affects spectrum-related issues.

ICASA

Regulations on Control and Equity Ownership by HDGs and the application of the ICT Sector Code

44382

170

31 March

For noting

ICASA

Spectrum Licence Fee Amendment Regulations

44391

175

1 April

For noting

ICASA

Service Licence Administrative Fees Amendment Regulations

44392

176

1 April

For noting

ICASA

Type Approval Administrative Fee Amendment Regulations

44393

177

1 April

For noting

DCDT

Draft National Data and Cloud Policy

44411

309

1 April

Written representations due within 30 working days


Ongoing General Regulatory Processes Pending in 2021

Body

Content

Status

Relevant GG References

ICASA

Draft Equipment Authorisation Regulations

Invited written comment

44371 N162

DCDT

Draft National Data and Cloud Policy

Invited written comment

44411 N.309

ICASA

Draft price Amendment Regulations for Reserved Postal Services

Invited written comment

44332

ICASA

Discussion Document on the Review of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (Advertising, Infomercials and Sponsorship) Regulations

Invited written comment

44333 N 264.

ICASA

Draft Mobile Broadband Services Regulations

Invited written comment

44337

ICASA

ITA: To participate in a qualifying process to operate as a secondary geo-location service provider

Invited applications

44206

ICASA

ITA: FTA Sound Broadcasting Services (Secondary Markets) licences and radio frequency spectrum licences

Invited applications

44175

ICASA

Draft amendment of Customer Care Standards – Postal Services

Invited written comment

44196

ICASA

Draft Digital Sound Broadcasting Services Regulations

Invited written comment, date extended, public hearings held

43900 N639

44000 N

DCDT

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

Invited written comment, date extension

43797, 43938 N1267,

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, applications received, time lines amended

43768, 44101, 44180.

Icasa

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

ITA Issued, public workshops on ITA held, Reasons doc on public representations, Process suspended.

43767, 43919 N667,

44368 N159.

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, invited comment on applications

43088, N163

43113, N199

43766, N 533

44401, N 142

ICASA

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

Invited written comment

43095, N311

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

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 – Draft Regulations

Call for submissions

44338

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 held,

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

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, in 2021

Body

Content

GG No.

Notice No.

Date

ICASA

Fees and Charges for Reserved Postal Services with effect from 1 April 2021

44117

57

28 Jan

ICASA

Notice of moratorium on applications for radio frequency spectrum assignments in the bands identified for IMT systems and the 3600-3800 MHz band

44167

47

17 Feb

ICASA

Amendment of the Standard Terms and Conditions for Class Licences Regulations

44328

131

25 March

ICASA

Amendment of the Class Licensing Processes and Procedures Regulations

44336

144

26 March

ICASA

Finding and Positions Document on the review of Icasa Must Carry Regulations

 

44338

273

26 March

ICASA

Notice of suspension of closing date for the submission of I-ECNS and spectrum licences for the WOAN

44368

159

31 March

ICASA

Municipal Broadcasts and Political Advertisement Amendment Regulations

44370

161

31 March

ICASA

Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations

44372

163

31 March

ICASA

Notice of the coming into Force of the TV White Spaces Regulations 2018

44373

164

31 March

ICASA

Amendment of the ICT-Covid 19 National Disaster Regulations

44374

165

31 March

ICASA

Regulations on Control and Equity Ownership by HDGs and the application of the ICT Sector Code

44382

170

31 March

ICASA

Spectrum Licence Fee Amendment Regulations

44391

175

1 April

ICASA

Spectrum Licence Fee Amendment Regulations

44392

176

1 April

ICASA

Type Approval Administrative Fee Amendment Regulations

44392

177

1 April


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