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.


Science and Technology

  • White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation, March 2019


  • Regulations Prescribing Electronic Services for the purpose of the Definition of “Electronic Services” in section 1 of the VAT Act, 18 March 2019, effective 1 April 2019.


  • ICASA has awarded Ksese Free TV an individual free-to-air TV licence using 55% of the MUX3 spectrum.

New Proceedings


  • ICASA reminded licensees to submit an annual forecast of licence fees, due 30 April 2019.



  • Inquiry into Mobile Broadband Services, 29 March 2019.
  • ICASA gave notice of an application to transfer control of the licences of Cyberdine Secure Internet, for comment due 2 April 2019.
  • ICASA gave notice of its intention to amend the Numbering Plan Regulations, 2016, to harmonize the short code 116 for child helpline services. Comment is due 12 April 2019.

Trade and Industry

  • Draft standards for fibre optic communications subsystem basic test procedures, 2 April 2019.


  • The NCA invited comment on the Quality of Service Regulations, due 29 March 2019.



  • 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


  • 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.


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

  • Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations
  • Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorization
  • Inquiry into mobile broadband services
  • Ordering System Specification for Number Portability
  • International Mobile Telecommunications Roadmap
  • Amendments to regulations re standards for equipment
  • Inquiry re unreserved postal services
  • Roles and responsibilities of Icasa with respect to cybersecurity
  • Regulatory impact assessment of the Must Carry Regulations
  • Radio Frequency Migration Plan
  • Regulatory Framework for Community Broadcasting
  • Findings document re Digital Sound Broadcasting
  • Second draft update to Annexure A of the Terrestrial Broadcasting Frequency Plan
  • Spectrum Assignment Plans for 1518-1525; 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
  • 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


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


  • 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.


  • Licensing Classification and Fees Rules


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


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

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