Posts tagged as ICASA

ICASA takes community broadcasting on review

  Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced that it will take community broadcasting, both radio and television, under review. In a Government Gazette (40660) published on 3 March 2017, the authority gave notice that in accordance with the ICASA Act 13 of 2000. Community broadcasting services were formalised in 1994 when the […]

Government set to force implementation of ICT White Paper

  Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday 15 February 2017 during the State of the Nation debate, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele said  that the government will use open access networks and our natural resource, spectrum, as strategic levers to induce real transformation and lowering of barriers to entry for blacks, […]

Telecoms group shares plans for recently acquired company

  Neotel is now part of the pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom. The R6,55-million acquisition was approved by the Competition Commission in October 2016 and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa gave unconditional approval in December 2016. Through new capital from Liquid Telecom, which is a subsidiary of Econet Global, the company plans to […]

ICT policy white paper – is it legally flawed?

  The National Integrated ICT Policy white paper, besides many other negative issues, is legally flawed and does not meet the requirements of the Constitution of the country. This is the view of Leon Louw, executive director Free Market Foundation who, with Dobek Pater of Africa Analysis, presented a review of the white paper at […]

Tough questions asked at ICASA’s Type Approval public hearing

  The Independent Authority of South Africa (ICASA) councillors and Type Approval experts asked the industry some tough questions at a public hearing held on 14 December 2016. The hearing related to which type of communication equipment should be exempted from Type Approval. “Type Approval” means certifying that a product meets certain requirements for its […]

2016 – a year of disruptions

  In the current South African communications context disruptions can have both negative and positive outcomes. Cell C’s introduction of WiFi Calling enabled a simple and cost efficient way to extend operator voice coverage and introduced a more affordable way to communicate when travelling abroad. Technically it may not be a major breakthrough, as it […]

South Africa has a new National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, but …

  South Africa has a new National Integrated ICT Policy – but after four years of drafting it has taken the cabinet six months to approve it which seems to indicate that not everyone in the cabinet is comfortable with the policy. The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele said at a […]

Is government aiming for a national broadband network?

  Is government planning to establish a national broadband network (NBN) for South Africa? This could be the reason why the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) has taken the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to court for initiating an auction for broadband spectrum. While Minister Siyabonga Cwele did not directly speak […]