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.



  • Icasa published Regulations on the Use of Television White Spaces, 23 March 2018.
  • Icasa published Number Portability Regulations, 28 March 2018.
  • Icasa published amendments to the administrative fees for type approval applications.
  • Icasa approved the transfer of licences from China Times to One Telecom.
  • Icasa will hold oral hearings in the Inquiry into Subscription Television Broadcasting Services 7-11 2018.
  • Icasa announced the expiration of the licences of Goal Technology Solutions.

New Proceedings


  • Icasa has asked licensees to submit responses to the 2017 ITU Short Questionnaire by 10 April 2018.
  • Icasa published a Discussion Document on Digital Sound Broadcasting, for comment due 7 June 2018.il 2018.



  • Icasa announced that it received 4 applications for TV licences and spectrum licences for MUX 3 frequencies. Written representations are due 16 April 2018.
  • Discussion Document re the identification of markets to determine which ones will be the subject of future market reviews, 25 April 2018.

Trade and Industry

  • Draft standards
    • wireless communication, site engineering, 3 April 2018
    • Electromagnetic compatibility, 9 April 2018
  • Information Technology, 26 April 2018

Southern Africa Innovation Support

  • SAIS has called for proposals for funds, open until 25 April 2018



  • Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill, 2017
  • Copyright Amendment Bill
  • Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill
  • Films and Publications Amendment Bill, 2015
  • Protection of State Information Bill


  • 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 
  • iKamva National e-Skills Institute Bill


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

  • Spectrum licences for MUX3 for providing commercial subscription services
  • 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
  • Amendments to End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations
  • 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
  • Regulatory Framework for Community Broadcasting Services
  • Regulations on the use of TV White Spaces
  • Amended call termination regulations
  • Amended National Radio Frequency Plan
  • 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.

Trade and Industry

  • Amendment to the compulsory specification for electrical and electronic apparatus
  • Intellectual Property Policy Phase 1

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


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


  • Guidelines on Submission of Interconnection Agreements and Tariffs


  • Radio Spectrum Management Policy


  • 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.


  • Licensing Classification and Fees Rules


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


  • Registration Services Agreement and Transfer Agreement

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