South Africa's Minister of Communications has released the long awaited Policy on High Demand Spectrum and Policy Direction on the Licensing of a Wireless Open Access Network ("WOAN"). This puts the wheels in motion to release much needed frequency spectrum, with the WOAN getting preferential treatment in the 700, 800 and MHz bands. Click on the link below for the [...]
Vodacom has been successful in a Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) battle to get access to underground ducts, sleeves and manhole covers (“the Infrastructure”) within the Dennegeur Residential Estate in Cape Town (“the Estate”). The Estate had, twenty years ago, installed the Infrastructure, but had permitted Telkom to run its ADSL copper cables in the ducts. In 2016, the Estate [...]
The African National Congress ("ANC") has lost a domain dispute it lodged against a former service provider - Unwembi Communications ("Unwembi"). In what should have been a claim with good prospects of success, the 107 year old movement with a very strong and well known brand failed to prove its case. The matter involved three ANC employees who were tasked [...]
Background Liberty Group (“Liberty”) released a communication on 18 June 2018, advising that “it has been subjected to illegal and unauthorised access to its IT infrastructure”. The data that was the subject of the breach seemed to be “largely emails and possibly attachments”. About three weeks before that, on 25 May 2018, a new European Union law - the General [...]
ICASA sets its eyes on priority markets in the electronic communications sector – 10 years after the original go-ahead, are we finally going to see local loop unbundling?
ICASA has started an inquiry to identify markets and or market segments in the electronic communications sector that are susceptible to ex ante regulations. It has published a Priority Markets Discussion Document inviting comments on its preliminary views. It wants to determine which of these markets should be prioritised for market reviews and potential regulation under the EC Act. One [...]
Technology aspects of the State of the Nation Address and what they mean for SA: exciting times ahead!
In his State of the Nation address last night, President Ramaphosa touched those areas of the South African economy that can turn our fortunes around relatively quickly: agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and technology. What he had to say about technology is really exciting. “Government is finalising a small business and innovation fund targeted at start-ups.” He’s just come back from Davos. [...]
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provides grants to the elderly, disabled and certain children. Grant beneficiaries receive money through a bank or cash payment. Beneficiaries are compelled to receive their grant payments in these archaic and inconvenient ways. These methods involve beneficiaries having to travel to a physical location. This means time, effort, expense and potential loss by [...]
Big data analytics is the new buzzword. It is mentioned everywhere and across every industry. Everyone wants to make use of big data for one or other reason. But what is big data analytics? The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) recently published a document that gave the following definition of big data analytics: In summary, big data can be thought [...]
YOU WILL BE BREACHED: TIPS ON LIMITING LEGAL LIABILITY UNDER THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT
It was reported over the past weekend that 15 computers were stolen in a burglary at the Office of the Chief Justice, in Johannesburg. The media reported that the computers held the information of 243 South African judges and about 1,800 support staff. Other important South African state institutions like the state arms procurement company, Armscor, and the South African police [...]