ICT Weekly Update

//ICT Weekly Update

This is the ICT Weekly Update on legal, regulatory and policy developments in the ICT industry prepared by Lisa Thornton Inc for clients and colleagues. Michalsons reproduces it, in part, here with the permission of Lisa Thornton Inc.

NEW FINDINGS, JUDGMENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

ICASA

  • ICASA published its bi-annual tariff analysis report.

New Proceedings

None

PENDING PROCEEDINGS – REPRESENTATIONS DUE

Botswana

  • Draft Code of Advertising for Broadcasting Comment is due 26 April 2019.

Zimbabwe

  • Consultation Paper on the Licensing of PMR 446 Radios, due 2 May 2019.

PENDING PROCEEDINGS – OUTCOME AWAITED

Parliament

  • Postal Services Amendment Bill
  • Competition Amendment Bill
  • Ikamva National e-Skills Bill
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill
  • Copyright Amendment Bill
  • Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill
  • Films and Publications Amendment Bill
  • Protection of State Information Bill

Communications

  • Policy direction re the introduction of digital sound broadcasting
  • Review of the public broadcasting sector.
  • New tariffs in terms of the Films and Publications Act
  • Appointments to the Evaluation Panel
  • Draft Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

Telecommunications and Postal Services

  • Appointments to the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolutions
  • Policy directions on the licensing of high demand spectrum.

ICASA

[Pending decisions about individual licenses and complaints are not included in this list]

  • Amendment to Numbering Plan Regulations, short code 116 for child helpline services
  • Inquiry into mobile broadband services
  • Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations
  • Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorization
  • Amendments to regulations re standards for equipment
  • Regulatory impact assessment of the Must Carry Regulations
  • Second draft update to Annexure A of the Terrestrial Broadcasting Frequency Plan
  • Spectrum Assignment Plans for 156.4785-156.5625 MHz bands
  • Code for Persons with Disabilities
  • Inquiry into Subscription TV Broadcasting Services
  • VoIP Market Inquiry Findings
  • Implementation framework for toll free services
  • Regulatory Framework for Wholesale Broadcasting Transmission Services
  • Introduction of local loop unbundling
  • Radio frequency spectrum fee regulations applicable to broadcasting
  • Amended E-rate regulations
  • Technical standards for power line communications
  • Essential facilities regulations

South African Law Reform Commission

  • Report and Recommendations on the review of the law of (electronic) evidence.

Environmental Affairs

  • Regulations for the making of Environmental Management Instruments
  • National Biodiversity Offset Policy

Justice and Constitutional Development

  • Prevention and Combating of Hate Crime and Hate Speech Bill
  • 18th Amendment Bill to the Constitution and State Liability Bill
  • Ratification of Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime.

Science and Technology

  • Exempted spectrum from the prohibition of use located in the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas

National Treasury

  • Regulations to expand the definition of “electronic services” in VAT Act

Reserve Bank

  • Crypto Assets Regulatory Working Group Consultation Paper on Policy Proposals for Crypto Assets.

.za DNA

  • Wholesale fee review for co.za, net.za, org.za and web.za
  • Amendments to the .za Second Level Domain General Policy and .za Second Level Registrations Policy
  • law.za charter

Economic Development

  • Regulations: Price Discrimination; Buyer Power; and Definitions of Small and Medium Business

Competition Commission

City of Johannesburg

  • By-laws re rights of way for electronic communications facilities

Botswana

  • Spectrum Management
  • Digital Terrestrial Television Licensing Framework
  • Cost Models and Pricing Framework for ICT Services

Ghana

  • Quality of Service Regulations

Kenya

  • Programming Code for Broadcasting Services,
  • Privacy and Data Protection Policy and Bill, 2018
  • Guidelines on Installation and Maintenance of ICT Infrastructure,
  • Additional requirements to enhance accessibility to broadcasting services by persons with disabilities
  • Regulatory interventions for IoT
  • Specifications for mobile devices
  • Guidelines for Network Redundancy, Resilience and Diversity
  • Minimum technical specifications for cable and satellite TV receivers.
  • Requirements and procedures for the use of foreign numbering resources
  • Revised guidelines on prevention of dissemination of undesirable bulk political messages
  • Draft Technical Specification for IPTV Set Top Boxes.

Lesotho

  • Licensing Classification and Fees Rules

Namibia

  • Universal Service Obligations Guidelines
  • Procedures re Applications Spectrum Licences
  • Postal Service Licence Categories
  • Amendment to Procedures for the Adjudication for Disputes
  • Amendment to Type Approval Regulations

Nigeria

  • Internet Industry Code of Practice
  • Authorization Framework for the use of Amateur Radio

Tanzania

  • Numbering plan for M2M and IOT applications

Uganda

  • Radio Spectrum Management Policy

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