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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has, over the past few years, been labelled by industry commentators as an organisation that has neither the teeth nor the will to enforce its own regulations or to regulate spectrum effectively, to take South Africa on the broadband highway. This changed when ICASA recently swooped on Wireless Business Solutions (WBS) and its subsidiaries iBurst and Broadlink, and seized radio communications equipment from six of the company’s sites, leaving thousands of their customers without internet connection… (more)


We posed questions to a number of industry experts about electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), the branch of electrical sciences which studies the unintentional generation, propagation and reception of electromagnetic energy with reference to the unwanted effects i.e. electromagnetic interference (EMI) that such energy may induce… (more)

Dear Editor, The article published in The Daily Maverick (and EngineerIT July 2012) by Hans van de Groedendaal refers. The author alleges that ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) is stifling broadband by not making available the E-Band. The ICASA would like to point out that the 71 – 76 and 81 – 86 GHz bands (widely known as “E-Band”) are permitted worldwide for ultra-high capacity point-to-point communications. Wireless regulators in the USA, UK and many other countries have introduced “light licensing” schemes for managing this band. In South Africa the band is available for use as point to point links but there hasn’t been an uptake as the current fees are prohibitively high for these systems. Paseka Maleka, ICASA… (more)

In August 2012 the Department of Communications (DoC) published the Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill 2012 with the aim of creating a parallel organisation that will be responsible for the management of the radio spectrum. The Bill proposes a sizeable structure to manage what everyone understood to be the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s role. So if the amendments are accepted and the Bill becomes law more money will have to be allocated to the DoC… (more)

While regulatory processes in the communications industry are important, these processes should not get in the way of new developments. This means that regulatory authorities like the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) should be proactive and be agile enough to develop regulatory frameworks, adjust fee structures and promulgate regulations that keep track of the pace of technological developments… (more)

On 31 March 2011, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published the new Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations in the Government Gazette. The ink had hardly dried on the document when ICASA received a flurry of complaints about mistakes and inaccuracies… (more)

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published a discussion paper containing its “initial views” on the process to be followed to unbundle the local loop. Interested persons have until mid September 2011 to make written representations but, for many, the discussion paper is “too little, too late”… (more)

In this monthly feature, Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, executive chairman of the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT), looks at various technologies and activities that drive amateur radio… (more)

Accepting the position as chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) takes a brave person, given the Authority’s history of the past few years… (more)

Shortly after ICASA awarded mobile TV licences and made spectrum available, MultiChoice launched its mobile TV service with a free trial period… (more)

It feels if a tsunami has hit the South African communications industry with one clean sweep of a tidal wave moving obstacles out of the way and creating a new environment – and all that in a short space of time… (more)

One of the important criteria in the decision of where the SKA will finally be built is how radio frequency interference-free the area is. Will it be South Africa or Australia? (more)

On 16 April 2010 the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) invited individual broadcasting services to apply for a spectrum licence, within the designated range for the purpose of providing a mobile television broadcasting service… (more)

The waterbed effect happens in “two-sided” markets, when a business has two distinct kinds of customers. Telecommunications is a two-sided market: there are the consumers who pay to make and receive calls on the one side, and all the operators who share traffic on the other side. Economists have known this for a while, but the rest of us – thanks to the well-meaning actions of politicians and regulators – are just now discovering it for ourselves… (more)

With the signing of General Regulation 46 by ICASA’s chairman, Paris Mashile, and the publication in the Government Gazette of  22 January 2010, immunity requirements for all electronic products will become mandatory on 22 January 2011, giving manufacturers one year to comply and ensure that all new products meet the promulgated standards… (more)

As the telecoms industry gears itself up for a year of both exponential growth and fundamental regulatory changes, so the strategic choices and decisions adopted by the market will determine not only the ability of businesses to meet the growth opportunities presented, but in many cases absolute survival in an increasingly competitive market… (more)

The year began on a high note with promises that inexpensive broadband for all would become a reality. But eleven months into the year, none of these expectations have been realised… (more)

There is renewed vigour from government to improve local telecoms services and reduce costs.  Assuming that the new minister of communications Siphiwe Nyanda is more effective than his predecessor – not a particularly difficult feat – things may start to look up in the local telecommunications market… (more)

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