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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 issued a notice reminding licensees to submit an annual forecast of licence fees by end April. If you need assistance, please contact lat@thornton.co.za.

Competition Commission

  • The Competition Commission has decided not to refer the compliant lodged by Cell C in 2013 against Vodacom and MTN, due to insufficient evidence. It announced that it would engage ICASA to explore regulatory interventions necessary to make the mobile electronic communciations market competitive.

.za DNA

  • An adjudicator has dismissed a complaint requesting the transfer of the domain name, winblock.co.za

Lisa Thornton Consulting

  • If you are looking for iECNS/iECS licences to purchase, please contact us at info@thornton.co.za.





  • Icasa published a Discussion Document on the Regulatory Framework for Community Broadcasting Services, for comment due 10 May 2017.
  • Icasa has published draft regulations on the use of TV White Spaces for comment due 19 May 2017.
  • Icasa has published a Discussion Document to initiate an inquiry to determine how it will implement the ICT sector code, for comment due 8 June 2017.
  • Icasa published an invitation to apply for free-to-air TV and MUX 3 frequency licences. The due date for applications is 30 August 2017.


  • The Dept of Telecommunications and Postal Services has published a draft information and Communication Technology SMME Support Strategy, for comment, due 2 May 2017.
  • The Dept of Telecommunications and Postal Services has published draft e- strategy documents for comment due 25 May 2017.
  • National e-Strategy
  • National e-Government Strategy and Roadmap

Competition Commission

  • Comments on Draft Guidelines for the Determination of Administrative Penalties for Failure to Notify a Merger due 19 May 2017.


  • The NCC has invited input into an Internet Industry Code of Practice, to be concluded 23 June 2017.

Pending Proceedings – Outcome Awaited


  • Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill
  • Films and Pubications Amendment Bill 2015
  • Protection of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2015
  • 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

Minister of Communications

  • Draft Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services

  • Amendments to the Alternative Dispute Regulations.

Former Minister of Communications

  • Strategy on local and digital content development
  • Set top box manufacturing sector development strategy
  • Findings of the study on the trends of digital local content and uptake rates


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

  • Amended call termination regulations
  • National Radio Frequency Plan 2017
  • Findings in Discussion Document on Equipment Type Approval Exemption
  • Inquiry into number portability regulations
  • Inquiry into Subscription Broadcasting Services
  • Amended regulations establishing the Consumer Advisory Panel
  • Information Memorandum for licensing IMT spectrum
  • Revised Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations
  • VoIP Market Inquiry Findings
  • Inquiry into the state of competition in the information and communications technology sector 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
  • Ownership and control regulations
  • Amended E-rate regulations
  • Must carry obligations
  • Technical standards for power line communications
  • Essential facilities regulations


  • Tender for Project Management for Digital Migration
  • Recommendations to the MoTaPS in respect of the Qualifying Criteria for the Set-Top-Box Scheme of Support

South African Law Reform Commission

  •  Report on Discussion Paper 144 on Project 25 in respect of legislation administered by the Dept of Trade and Industry.
  • Report and Recommendations on the review of the law of evidence. The Discussion Paper concerned, inter alia, the admissibility of electronic evidence.

Minister of Trade and Industry

  • Copyright Amendment Bill, 2015

Minister of Science and Technology

  • Regulations on the protection of the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas
  • Regulations to prohibit activities in core astronomy advantage areas
  • Regulations on radio astronomy protection levels in astronomy advantage areas
  • Regulations in terms of the Astronomy Advantage Areas Act

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

  • Code of Good Administrative Conduct
  • 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 Cyber crime (dealing with computer-related fraud and forgery and infringement of copyright).

.za DNA

  • law.za charter

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 in Botswana


  • Regulations Setting Fees for Spectrum Licenses


  • Radio Spectrum Management Policy for Uganda

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