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

ICASA

  • Icasa published Amendment of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations.
  • Icasa published the Final International Mobile Telecommunications Roadmap 2019, replacing the final published in March 2019.

Communications

  • The Department published its annual report, 2018-2019.

Telecommunications and Postal Services

  • The Department published its annual report, 2018-2019.

Tshwane

  • The Tshwane municipality published a draft policy on micro-trenching for electronic communications fibre networks in residential properties.

Ghana

  • The National Communications Authority published Guidelines for Mergers and Acquisitions.

NEW PROCEEDINGS

ICASA

  • Icasa published a notice re the licensing process for the WOAN and high demand spectrum, for comment due 31 January 2020.
  • Icasa published an Invitation to Pre-register for community sound broadcasting radio station licences, due 31 March 2020.
  • Icasa published a request for submissions with respect to the review of the International Telecommunications Regulations by 13 December 2019.

PENDING PROCEEDINGS – REPRESENTATIONS DUE

ICASA

Competition Commission

  • The Commission has published draft enforcement guidelines for setting out general principles for the enforcement of the new provision of the Competition Act concerning abuse of dominance and price discrimination, for comment due 15 November 2019.

PENDING PROCEEDINGS – OUTCOMES AWAITED

Parliament

  • Postal Services Amendment Bill
  • Competition Amendment Bill
  • Ikamva National e-Skills Bill
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill
  • Copyright Amendment Bill
  • Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill
  • Protection of State Information Bill

Communications

  • 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
  • Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

ICASA

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

  • Findings on Inquiry into Subscription Television Broadcasting Services.
  • Amendment to Annexure B of the Spectrum regulations re licence exemption spectrum.
  • Amendment to Numbering Plan Regulations, shortcode 116 for child helpline services
  • Inquiry into mobile broadband services
  • Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations
  • Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorization
  • Amendments to regulations re standards for equipment
  • Second draft update to Annexure A of the Terrestrial Broadcasting Frequency Plan
  • Spectrum Assignment Plans for 156.4785-156.5625 MHz bands
  • Code for Persons with Disabilities
  • 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

  • Findings in Discussion Paper on sexual offences (pornography and children).
  • 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.

National Treasury

  • Regulations to expand the definition of “electronic services” in VAT Act.

Finance

  • Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness: Towards an Economic Strategy for South Africa.

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.

Botswana

  • Code of Advertising for Broadcasting Spectrum Management
  • Digital Terrestrial Television Licensing Framework.
  • Cost Models and Pricing Framework for ICT Services.

Ghana

  • Type approval regulations.
  • Quality of Service Regulations.

Kenya

  • 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 the prevention of dissemination of undesirable bulk political messages.
  • Draft Technical Specification for IPTV Set-Top Boxes.

Lesotho

  • Amendment of Lesotho Communications Authority (Administrative) Rules.
  • Licensing Classification and Fees Rules.

Namibia

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

Nigeria

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

Tanzania

  • Numbering plan for M2M and IOT applications.

Uganda

  • Radio Spectrum Management Policy.

Zimbabwe

  • Domain Name System Framework and .ZW ccTLD Management.
  • Consultation Paper on the Licensing of PMR 446 Radios.

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