Posts tagged as DTPS

Government urged to merge DTPS and DoC

Delivering the keynote address the FTTX annual conference in Durban, FTTX Council president, Andile Ngcaba told the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal services that government should merge the Department of Telecommunications and Postal services (DTPS) and the Department of Communications (DOC) back into one department. He addressed his remarks directly to Dr Cwele who was […]

CSIR WOAN report and revised ECA bill to go to parliament

The cabinet has approved the study conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to determine the spectrum requirements for the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) as envisaged in the Integrated ICT Policy white paper. The white paper was approved by the cabinet in September 2016 but was opposed by many sectors of […]

ECA amendment bill “void for vagueness”

Commenting on the Electronic Communications Act (ECA) amendment bill at a recent media briefing, Raymond Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF) summed up the bill as “void for vagueness, terrible idea, failed idea, anti-progress idea and corrupt idea”. Rumours have been circulating that government has decided to scrap the amendment bill and […]

Controversial bill back for discussion

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and industry stakeholders met in early March 2018 in a stakeholder consultation workshop. DTPS director general, Robert Nkuna, said that one of the main reasons for public consultation was to assess socio-economic benefits of the Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill and evaluate which proposals are workable. “At […]

ICASA in turmoil… again

After several years of various councillors having turns acting as chairman of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Rubben Mohlaloga was appointed in December 2017, despite a pending criminal case of fraud. Does this mean ICASA will soon again be without a chairman? Mohlaloga has now been found guilty of defrauding the Land Bank of approximately R6-million […]

ECA Bill approved and ready for public comment

On Friday, 17 November 2017, Cabinet approved the 115-page Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill, giving the public and industry just 30 calendar days in which to comment, after which the consultation period will be closed and further objection prohibited. Minister Siyabonga Cwele and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) team have crafted a […]