Telecommunications Law

SABC’s household broadcasting levy – The proposed new system

In June 2021, Cabinet passed the South African Broadcasting Corporation (“SABC”) Bill for public comment.  However, the SABC is unhappy with the Bill in its current form, stating that the Bill does not provide for adequate financing of the Corporation because it is struggling to collect TV licence fees.  South Africans have been increasingly resistant towards paying annual TV licence fees in [...]

By | 23rd November, 2021|Commercial Law, Compliance Law, IT Law, Telecommunications Law|

Telkom wants to interdict returning emergency spectrum to ICASA: Why Telkom (MTN and Vodacom) losing is in the public interest

Telkom wants to interdict returning emergency spectrum to ICASA: Why Telkom (MTN and Vodacom) losing is in the public interest   Telkom launched legal proceedings against South Africa’s telecommunications regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA”), in early October 2021.  Telkom wants to interdict returning emergency spectrum to ICASA.  ICASA had licensed this spectrum to Telkom, MTN, Vodacom [...]

International Day for Universal Access to Information 2021

Today, 28 September 2021, the world commemorates International Day for Universal Access to Information. It was declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation on 17 November 2015 and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 September 2019.  This day highlights the importance of access to information laws, and their implementation worldwide in order to promote [...]

By | 28th September, 2021|4IR, Data Protection, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

The ICASA Spectrum Auction: Ongoing litigation

For the first time in 16 years, when it seemed like South Africa would finally get new spectrum licensed, legal battles brought the spectrum auction to a standstill.  Earlier this year, major telecommunications companies like MTN and Telkom sued the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA”), citing various issues to halt the auction.  This setback means that spectrum is [...]

By | 8th September, 2021|4IR, Dispute resolution, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

World Telecommunications & Information Society Day, 17 May 2021

Today is World Telecommunications & Information Society Day. This day is celebrated annually on the 17th of May to mark the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and to commemorate the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention which took place of the 17th of May 1865. The aim of celebrating this day is to raise awareness of the [...]

By | 17th May, 2021|4IR, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

THE INVITATIONS TO APPLY FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S HIGH DEMAND SPECTRUM AUCTION AND WIRELESS OPEN ACCESS NETWORKS ARE IMMINENT

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA”), the country’s communications regulator, last night, briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications on progress regarding the licensing of the long awaited high-demand frequency spectrum (“the IMT Spectrum”), the licensing of the Wireless Open Access Network (“the WOAN”) and the regulation of TV White Spaces. ICASA Councillor, Nomonde Gongxeka-Seopa, who spoke on behalf [...]

By | 24th June, 2020|4IR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

ICASA fixes incorrect “historically disadvantaged persons” clause in Regulations in preparation for spectrum auction

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is crossing its ”t’s” and dotting its “i’s” to ensure that any grounds for legally challenging or reviewing its anticipated high-demand frequency spectrum auction, are minimised. It published an amendment to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations, 2015 (“the Regulations”) on Friday 1 November 2019, correcting what was clearly a mistake related to the [...]

4IR SEMINAR – CYBERSECURITY IN THE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

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By | 6th December, 2019|4IR, Cybersecurity, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

4IR SEMINAR – FREQUENCY SPECTRUM AUCTION UPDATE

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By | 6th December, 2019|4IR, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

South Africa’s Minister of Communications releases policy direction on WOAN licensing

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 [...]

By | 26th July, 2019|4IR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|