Posts tagged as ICASA

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. […]

The WRC15 agrees on 5 MHz amateur allocation

  At the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC15) radio amateurs were allocated a small segment in the 5 MHz band from 5351,5 to 5366,5 kHz on a secondary basis after years of preparation, trials and discussions. The conference modified the table of allocations based in Article 5 of the ITU Radio Regulation by introducing a […]

Man-made pollution of radio spectrum is a growing problem

Man-made pollution of the radio spectrum is a growing problem for everyone, with radio amateurs being the first to notice its effects. The main reason is that radio amateurs work mostly with low power transmissions and weak signals which are particularly susceptible to man-made noise. In a recent editorial, Dave Sumner, CEO of the American […]

2016 must be the telecoms year of action

  During the past year the South African communications landscape suffered from failed promise after failed promise from the both the Department of Communications (DoC) and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), but despite the lack of active leadership and delivery from the government, the industry has moved ahead with fibre to the […]

WAPA to address outdated EIRP limitations

  In 2016 one of the driving forces at the Future of Wireless Technology Forums (FWTF) hosted by the Wireless Application Providers Association (WAPA) is to address issues around the outdated equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) limitations in the licence-exempt bands for point to point (PtP) links. Jens Langenhorst, the newly elected chairman for 2016 […]

World Radiocommunication Conference allocates spectrum for future innovation

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) concluded its deliberations on Friday 27 November 2015 as delegates signed the Final Acts that revise the Radio Regulations – the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. In a statement by the Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services Dr. Siyabonga Cwele said that overall […]

ICT is our main driving force: In conversation with Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services

The recent SATNAC conference saw the minister of telecommunication and postal services deliver the keynote address.  Media colleagues and I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services about the status of telecommunication in South Africa and government’s vision of broadband for all. “We are a new department […]