Posts tagged as ICASA

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 […]

Another delay in broadband. Minister takes ICASA to court

  The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is in hot water with the Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services over its recent publication of a government gazette inviting companies to make bids in broadband spectrum auctions.  The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, after considering the Invitation to Apply (ITA) […]

ICASA to auction spectrum despite lack of broadband white paper

  On 15 July 2016 the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ( ICASA) issued an invitation in the Government Gazette (no 40145) for a radio frequency spectrum licence to provide mobile broad band wireless services for urban and rural areas. This despite the absence of the broadband white paper which the Department of Telecommunication […]

ICASA strike disrupts licensing services

  Despite assurances by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) management, the strike, now in its second week, is causing major disruption as no licences can be issued. Almost 100 staff went on strike on Monday 4 July over a pay and human resource policies dispute. Over 70 workers picketed outside ICASA’s head […]

EMC/EMI compliance to be reviewed

  The influx of low-quality products into the country and the risk this poses to consumers has compelled the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to review the process of issuing electromagnetic interference/compatibility (EMI/EMC) certificates of compliance (CoCs). The Consumer Protection Act (Act No. 68 of […]

Fire damages ICASA head office

  A fire damaged Block A of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s  head office  in Sandton yesterday (30 May). The block houses the licensing, policy, research and analysis, the regional divisions as well as the Gauteng regional office. Investigations are continuing to determine the cause of the fire. One employee who wishes […]