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

Environmental Affairs

  • The Minister gave notice that the web-based environmental screening tool will be compulsory from 3 Oct 2019.

ICASA

  • ICASA gave notice that it has approved the licence transfers from the Estate of Leon Toerien to Pioneer Connect; and from Skygistics to Yabroo/Ubuntel.

Trade and Industry

  • The Minister published definitions of ‘Medium-sized business’ and ‘small business’ in terms of the Competition Act,

NEW PROCEEDINGS

Trade and Industry

  • The Department called for film and TV stakeholders to participate in the creation of a film database, to assist companies with ease of information. Deadline is 31 July 2019.

Zimbabwe

  • Potraz has published a Consultation Paper on Domain Name System Framework and .ZW ccTLD Management for comment due 9 August 2019.

PENDING PROCEEDINGS – REPRESENTATIONS DUE

ICASA

  • ICASA has received applications for transfers and transfers of control of licences.
    • Air Communications (Pty) Ltd to Ubuntu Technology (Pty)Ltd, comment due 18 July 2019.
    • Techknowledge Open System cc, ownership change, comment due 18 July 2019.
  • ICASA published its Draft Findings Document on Inquiry into Subscription Television Broadcasting Services, for comment due 27 August 2019.

SA Law Reform Commission

  • The SA Law Reform Commission published its Discussion Paper on sexual offences (pornography and children) for comment, due 30 July 2019.

Lesotho

  • The Lesotho Communications Authority published a proposed Amendment of Lesotho Communications Authority (Administrative) Rules, for comment due 18 June 2019.

Ghana

  • The National Communications Authority published Type Approval regulations, for comment due 17 July 2019.

PENDING PROCEEDINGS – OUTCOME 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
  • Films and Publications Amendment 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
  • Appointments to the Evaluation Panel
  • Draft Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

Telecommunications and Postal Services

  • Policy directions on the licensing of high demand spectrum.

ICASA

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

  • Amendment to the Consumery Advisory Panel regulations.
  • 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
  • Regulatory impact assessment of the Must Carry Regulations
  • 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
  • Inquiry into Subscription TV Broadcasting Services
  • 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

  • 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.

Science and Technology

  • Exempted spectrum from the prohibition of use located in the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas.

National Treasury

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

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

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

Ghana

  • 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 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

  • Consultation Paper on the Licensing of PMR 446 Radios.

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