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 [...]
5G has become the new buzzword that we are hearing everywhere. 5G is said to be the era of intelligent connectivity, but what exactly is 5G? In short, 5G or fifth generation is cellular network technology that provides broadband access. It offers connections much faster than our current connection, but this technology is so much more than just faster [...]
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 [...]
While there are many similarities between the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (“POPIA”) and the General Data Protection Regulations, (“GDPR”) there are also many differences. One of these differences is the obligation that GDPR places on organisations to conduct a Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”). What is a Data Protection Impact Assessment? This is a process that [...]
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 [...]