Posts tagged as ICASA

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 […]

Digital radio – an option for South Africa?

  Radio technology has seen very little innovation and development since FM stereo was introduced in the 1960s. It was the sound revolution of the time but FM also caused the demise of the AM and shortwave services of the SABC and LM Radio. In 2002 the Southern Africa Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA) issued a report […]

Is Mobile VoIP really the next big thing?

Mobile VoIP really is the next thing – the best thing. Gone are the early days of the technology when you were hoping that everything would work. Today, the quality is such that many of the purported “problems” have been solved. The platforms that are offered today no longer suffer the fate of those even […]

ICASA sanctions SA Post Office following complaints by publishers

  The Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has fined the South African Post Office (SAPO) R125 000 for failure to deliver mail. However, the fine has been suspended for three years. Click here to download the full judgement The judgement follows formal complaints lodged with ICASA against […]

ICASA appoints four new councillors

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has appointed four new councillors: Botlenyana (Botle) Mokhele, Paris Mashile, Peter Zimri and Keabetswe Modimoeng. The new councillors were sworn in by Judge de Villiers on Thursday, 7 April 2016, at the ICASA offices in Sandton. In a statement, the Authority said the appointment of new councillors comes after […]

Over the top services – much ado about nothing

  If the real issue was not so serious one could equate it with one of Shakespeare’s better-known comedies, “Much ado about nothing”. The opposition to over the top (OTT) services is a cause for serious concern because it is about stifling innovation – and already too much of that is happening in South Africa. […]