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

.za DNA

  • The AGM of the .za DNA will be held 5 October 2018.

New Proceedings

Icasa

  • Icasa has published a draft Radio Frequency Migration Plan, 2018, for comment due 12 October 2018.

Science and Technology

  • The Dept has published a draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation, for comment due 19 October 2018.

Nigeria

  • The NCC has published its Quarterly Subscriber Data Information Request for Internet Service Providers.

Ghana

  • The NCA had invited applications for the sale of spectrum in the 800 MHz band, due 8 October 2018.

PENDING PROCEEDINGS – REPRESENTATIONS DUE

ICASA

  • Icasa has given notice that it will dispose of equipment confiscated between 2000 and 2018. Representations are due 14 September 2018.
  • Icasa received renewal applications from SABC for 18 commercial radio licences. Comment is due 1 October 2018.
  • Icasa published draft amendments to the party election broadcasts and political advertisements regulations, 2014, for comment due 8 October 2018.
  • Icasa published Call Termination Amendment Regulations, 2018 for common due 7 September 2018. Errata were published 22 and 23 August 2018.
  • Icasa called for applications for the spectrum licence main up the third DTT (MUX3) for providing commercial subscription TV broadcasting services, due 31 October 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 30 September 2018.

Namibia

  • Cran extended the deadline for comment on draft Postal Regulations to 30 September 2018.

Kenya

  • MICT called for comment on the draft Privacy and Data Protection Policy and Bill, 2018, due 19 September 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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