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

None

New Proceedings

Economic Development

  • Competition Amendment Bill, 31 Jan 2018

Botswana

  • Applications for licenses for Subscription Management Services, Subscription Satellite TV Broadcasting and Free to Air Satellite TV Broadcasting

Nigeria

  • Applications for Value Added Service Aggregator Licenses, 18 Dec 2017

PENDING PROCEEDINGS – REPRESENTATIONS DUE

Icasa

  • Code for Persons with Disabilities, 27 Dec 2017
  • Amendments to End-user and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations, 4 Jan 2018 
  • Number Portability Regulations, 10 Jan 2018

Telecommunications & Postal Services

  • iKamva National e-Skills Institute Bill,
    8 Dec 2017
  • Postal Services Amendment Bill, 11 Dec 2017
  • Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, 18 Dec 2017

Communications

  • New tariffs in terms of the Films and Publications Act, 22 Dec 2017
    Trade and Industry

Trade and Industry

  • Draft standards re Fixed Radio Systems, 10 Dec 2017

Science and Technology

  • Science and Technology Laws Amendment Bill, 27 Dec 2017
  • Nominations to National Advisory Council on Innovation, 19 Jan 2018

Namibia

  • Draft Guidelines on Enforcement, Hearing and Penalty Provisions of Communications Act, 15 Dec 2017
  • Modification of Mobile Telecommunications Ltd licence in the 1800 MHz band, 21 Dec 2017

Uganda

  • Renewal of MTN Uganda licence, 20 Dec 2017; hearing 26 Feb 2018.

Ghana

  • Comment on Study on Contribution of ICT/Telecoms Sector to GDP, 28 Feb 2018

Nigeria

  • Internet Industry Code of Practice, 31 Dec 2017

Pending Proceedings – Outcome Awaited

Parliament

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

Minister of Communications

  • Nominations to the Evaluation Panel
  • Draft Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

Former Minister of Communications

  • Nominations to the Evaluation Panel
  • Draft Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

ICASA

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

  • Inquiry into Subscription TV Broadcasting Services
  • 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; and 75.2-87.5 MHz
  • WTO conformity assessment procedure for Certificates of Compliance for Electromagnetic Interference/Compatibility
  • Identity of markets to determine which ones will be the subject of future market reviews
  • Consumer Advisory Panel appointments
  • 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.

Dept of Trade and Industry

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

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 ed of the Astronomy Advantage Areas Act

Dept Economic Development

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

Minister Environmental Affairs

  • Regulations for the making of Environmental Management Instruments
  • National Biodiversity Offset Policy

Minister of 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 Cyber crime (dealing with computer-related fraud and forgery and infringement of copyright).

.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 in Botswana

Namibia

  • Price Cap Regulations
  • Guidelines on Submission of Interconnection Agreements and Tariffs

Uganda

  • Radio Spectrum Management Policy for Uganda

Kenya

  • Guidelines for Network Redundancy, Resilience and Diversity on Information and Communication Networks in Kenya.
  • 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, 30 Nov 2017.

Lesotho

  • Licensing Classification and Fees Rules, 2018

Nigeria

  • Authorization Framework for the use of Amateur Radio
  • Commercial Satellite Communications Guidelines.

Afrinic 

  • Registration Services Agreement and Transfer Agreement

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