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

Minister of Communications

  • The Minister appointed the Broadcasting Digital Migration Advisory Council.

Minister of Economic Development

  • The Minister announced his intention to introduce the Competition Amendment Bill in Parliament in July 2018.

Lesotho

  • The Lesotho Communications Authority announced the grand of licence to two postal and courier service operators, to Lesotho Postal Services and DHL Lesotho.

New Proceedings

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

  • The Minister invites nominations for appointment to the SA Law Reform Commission, due 25 July 2018.

USAASA

  • USAASA published a tender for the appointment of a service provider to provide broadband connectivity in the Ratlou and Joe Morolong local municipalities, and the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality, due 3 August 2018.

Trade and Industry

  • The Department that applications for the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) will be open from 15 July 2018 to 31 August 2018.

Lesotho

  • The LCA called for comment on the amendment application submitted by
    LEC Communications, due 10 August 2018.

PENDING PROCEEDINGS – REPRESENTATIONS DUE

ICASA

  • Icasa gave notice of renewal applications for commercial sound broadcasting licences, for comment due 12 July 2018.
  • Icasa received an application from North West FM to transfer its individual commercial sound broadcasting licence to Motswako Media Group. Comment due 28 June 2018.
  • ICASA called on licensees to submit reports on Machine Related Service Migration reports, due 31 May 2018, 20 July 2018 and 7 September 2018. 

Trade and Industry

  • The DTI has proposed the withdrawal of certain standards re Optical Fibre Cables, for comment due 30 June 2018.
  • The DTI published draft standards for information technology, for comment due 8 July 2018.

DoC

  • The DoC published an Issues Paper and called for comment on this review of the public broadcasting sector, due 30 July 2018.

.za DNA

  • The .za DNA published proposed amendments to the .za Second Level Domain General Policy and the draft .za Second Level Registrations Policy, due 12 July 2018.

PENDING PROCEEDINGS – OUTCOME AWAITED

Parliament

  • Ikamva National e-Skills Bill
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill, 2017
  • Copyright Amendment Bill
  • Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill
  • Films and Publications Amendment Bill, 2015
  • Protection of State Information Bill

Communications

  • New tariffs in terms of the Films and Publications Act
  • Appointments to the Evaluation Panel
  • Draft Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

Telecommunications and Postal Services 

  • Electronic Communications Amendment Bill
  • Postal Services Amendment Bill 

ICASA

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

  • Regulatory Framework for Community Broadcasting
  • Findings document re Digital Sound Broadcasting
  • Findings re the identification of markets to determine which ones will be the subject of future market reviews
  • Second draft update to Annexure A of the Terrestrial Broadcasting Frequency Plan
  • Spectrum Assignment Plans for 2025-2110 paired with 2200-2285; 2285-2300; 1518-1525; 138-143.6; 150.5-153; 380-400; 440-44; 825-830; 870-875; 75.2-87.5, and 156.4785-156.5625 MHz bands
  • Code for Persons with Disabilities
  • Inquiry into Subscription TV Broadcasting Services
  • WTO conformity assessment procedure for Certificates of Compliance for Electromagnetic Interference/Compatibility
  • Inquiry to determine how to implement the ICT sector code
  • Amended call termination regulations
  • Information Memorandum for licensing IMT spectrum
  • VoIP Market Inquiry Findings
  • Inquiry into the state of competition in the information and communications technology sector
  • 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
  • Ownership and control regulations
  • Amended E-rate regulations
  • Must carry obligations
  • 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.

Economic Development

  • Competition Amendment Bill
  • Amendments to the Competition Act regulations, increasing fees and thresholds for mergers
  • Amendments re how assets and turnover are calculated

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

  • National Research Foundation Board
  • South African National Space Agency Board
  • Appointments to National Advisory Council on Innovation
  • Science and Technology Laws Amendment Bill

National Treasury

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

.za DNA

  • law.za charter

Competition Commission

  • Market inquiry into Data Services
  • Investigation into Vodacom exclusive contract with the National Treasury
  • Guidelines for the exchange of information between competitors
  • Guidelines for the Determination of Administrative Penalties for Failure to Notify a Merger.

Information Regulator

  • Regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information

City of Johannesburg

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

Botswana

  • Digital Terrestrial Television Licensing Framework
  • Development of Cost Models and Pricing Framework for ICT Services

Kenya

  • Additional requirements to enhance accessibility to broadcasting services by persons with disabilities
  • Regulatory interventions for IoT
  • Specifications for mobile devices, 13 Jan 2018
  • 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

  • Guidelines on Submission of Interconnection Agreements and Tariffs

Nigeria

  • Internet Industry Code of Practice, 9 Feb 2018
  • Authorization Framework for the use of Amateur Radio
  • Commercial Satellite Communications Guidelines.

Tanzania

  • Numbering plan for M2M and IOT applications.

Uganda

  • Radio Spectrum Management Policy

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