Posts tagged as ICASA

Coordination needed between electro-technical regulation bodies

When the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) recently held a hearing on their proposed conformity assessment framework, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS) presented its views and expressed grave concerns over the duplication that exists in government in terms of conformity assessments procedures for the electro-technical sector, basically having three agencies trying […]

ICASA paid but lack of new policy turns SA’s world of communications topsy-turvy

Withholding ICASA’s quarterly funding, withdrawing the draft ECA Amendment Bill and negating on the promise to publish a revised communications policy by 30 April is turning plans for South Africa’s broadband and communications for all in disarray! After ICASA told South Africa on Tuesday (29 April) that it would take the Minister of Communications to […]

Minister of Comms dumps ICASA into a financial crisis

Yesterday (29 April), the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) filed an urgent interdict in the Pretoria High Court to compel the Minister of Communications, Thembisile Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, to release the quarterly funding which was due to ICASA in early April. The Minister had instructed the Department of Communications to withhold payment because she […]

ICASA: Guilty chairperson dismissed and replaced

The Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has appointed Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng as acting chairperson effective from 25 March 2019 until a permanent chairperson is appointed. The appointment follows the dismissal on 20 March of Rubben Mohlologa by the Communications Portfolio Committee after he was found guilty of fraud and money […]

The radio spectrum conundrum

Are you confused about where South Africa stands with access to affordable broadband and allocation of radio frequency spectrum? Not surprising: we have gone a full circle in the space of two years but still do not have radio spectrum allocated to enable the mobile operators and other entities to roll out more affordable broadband […]

South Africa elected to the ITU Council and Radio Regulations Board

South Africa was elected to the ITU Council and an ICASA Frequency spectrum manager, Mandla Mchunu was elected to the Radio Regulations Board (RRB) at the Plenipotentiary Conference which is the highest decision-making body of ITU, the United Nations specialised agency for ICTs. Held every four years, the conference is the key event at which […]