Posts tagged as ICASA

Communications – what is Zuma thinking?

  What is President Jacob Zuma thinking?  Yunus Carrim is out and former security minister Siyabonga Cwele is in the hot seat to manage South Africa’s telecommunications, in a new department called the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services. Before the election the communications industry had generally expected that Carrim would continue as the minister […]

Propagation research on 5 MHz produces some interesting results

  Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, South African Radio League Propagation research undertaken by radio amateurs on 5 MHz showed some early and interesting results using the weak signal propagation reporter software (WSPR) . Almost a year ago the South African Radio League (SARL) obtained a licence from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa […]

Mobile termination rates all at sea!

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT ICASA did not follow the rules… but the South Gauteng High Court has allowed lower asymmetrical mobile termination rates to be implemented for six months. Lower rates are in the public interest, says the judge! On Monday 31 March 2014 the South Gauteng High Court ruled that […]

In conversation with Dr Stephen Mncube

Hans van de Groenendaal in conversation with Dr. Stephen Mncube, chairman of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Dr. Stephen Mncube When I first interviewed Dr. Stephen Mncube some two years ago he had just been appointed chairman of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and was settling in. When we […]


by Hans van de Groenendaal, EE Publishers 17 June 2013 Last week the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) released details of its “Cost to Communicate” programme, which seeks to review regulations that impact on the cost of communications in South Africa, such as the call termination regulations and the local loop unbundling framework.   Presenting the […]

Broadcast licensing process still on track

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) recently announced that it is currently finalising the analysis of applications, representations and responses in respect of the licensing of new individual commercial broadcasting (primary and secondary markets) and subscription broadcasting services licensing processes. The Authority plans to conduct public hearings and decide on the applications in […]

SA radio amateurs face frequency challenge

by Hans van Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT In this monthly feature, Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, executive chairman of the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT), looks at various technologies and activities that drive amateur radio. SAARDT is dedicated to the development of amateur radio in South Africa with a special interest in the […]

Broadband the winner in TV migration

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT The final regulations governing South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television were gazetted on 14 December 2012 and will ultimately make spectrum available for broadband applications. ICASA councillor William Currie. Broadband will be the ultimate winner but the question now is how long does industry have to […]