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.



  • Icasa will hold oral hearings in the matter of the roles and responsibilities of ICASA in Cybersecurity 17-18 January 2019.

Justice and Constitutional Development

  • The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development published the Regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information, 14 December 2018.

Science and Technology

  • The Department of Science and Technology will hold a workshop on 23 January 2019.

New Proceedings


  • Icasa published the draft Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorization, for comment due 30 January 2019.
  • Icasa published the draft Ordering System Specification for Number Portability, for comment due 30 January 2019.
  • Icasa published draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations, for comment due 4 February 2019.

Trade and Industry

  • The Department published draft standards for fibre optic communications subsystem basic test procedures, for comment due 2 April 2019.


  • The CA published a Consultation Paper on Review of the Programming
    Code for Broadcasting Services, for comment due 18 January 2019.


Minister Communications and Telecommunications and Postal Services

  • The Minister called for nominations for appointment as non-executive members of the board of the .za DNA, due 31 December 2018.

Science and Technology

  • The Minister published a proposed list of exempted spectrum from the prohibition of use located in the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas, for comment due 21 February 2


  • Icasa published draft amendments to its regulations re standards for equipment, for comment due 10 January 2019.
  • Icasa published the draft International Mobile Telecommunications Roadmap for comment, due 18 January 2018.
  • Icasa published a notice of intention to conduct an inquiry into mobile broadband services, for comment due 22 February 2019.


  • LCA announced the School Connect project, which will provide access and training. Applications from schools are due 15 December 2018.


  • Cran published a notice of intention to make regulations prescribing postal service licence categories, for comment due 30 January 2019.


  • The TCRA called for applications for digital terrestrial TV (MUX) licences, due 31 December 2018.



  • Postal Services Amendment Bill
  • 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


  • 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]

  • Inquiry on 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 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation

National Treasury

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

.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


  • 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


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


  • Standards and type approval regulations
  • Postal Regulations


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


  • Numbering plan for M2M and IOT applications.


  • Radio Spectrum Management Policy

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