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Licensee Compliance - Warnings from ICASA

Posted by LA Thornton on Wednesday, September 14, 2016,
On 12 Sept 2016, ICASA has published a "courtesy notice", reminding licensees of certain obligations regarding the submission of fees and reports to ICASA.  In the notice, ICASA also warned licensees that if they failed to meet their obligations, "any application; request and or notification made by the Licensee to the Authority may not be considered". Other enforcement action could include referral to the Compliance and Compliants Committee or invocation of section 17H of the ICASA Act

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ICASA Licensees' Reporting Obligations

Posted by LA Thornton on Wednesday, February 8, 2012,
Did you know that ICASA ECS and ECNS licensees must submit approximately 18 reports to ICASA every year?  These reports include, for example, information on tariffs, network coverage, complaints, and licensee finances.

Some of ICASA's regulations require annual reporting, such as financial reporting, some require bi-annual reporting and some require quarterly reporting, such as network coverage and other "sectoral planning" data.

If you are interested in a guide to licensee's compliance obligat...
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Compliance Procedure Manual Regulations

Posted by LA Thornton on Tuesday, January 31, 2012,
ICASA published Compliance Procedure Manual Regulations and an Explanatary Note on 15 December 2011.  The regulations repeat obligations found in other regulations, such as the requirement to file tariffs, call for the submission of additional reports by licensees, such as annual reporting on licensee details, and set out forms for the submission of information to ICASA by licensees. 

Lisa Thornton Inc has developed a compliance manual setting out the licensee requirements found in all EC Ac...
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EC Act Compliance Issues

Posted by LA Thornton on Tuesday, August 30, 2011,
ICASA published a notice on 23 August 2011 calling all licensees to submit information to it by 30 August 2011, on ownership and control issues, in order to assist ICASA in carrying out an audit of shareholding of licensees.  Although not indicated in ICASA's notice, the Standard Terms and Conditions of all licensees calls upon licensees to submit shareholding changes to ICASA within seven days of any such occurance.

For more information on this and other compliance issues in respect of licenc...
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Annual Contributions to the Universal Service and Access Fund

Posted by LA Thornton on Wednesday, February 16, 2011,
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa amended the regulations regarding annual contributions to the Universal Service Fund on 10 Feb 2011.  There are two noteworthy changes from the previously applicable regulations.  The first is that the annual contributions will be due six (rather than three) months after a licensee's financial year end.  This makes the due date simultaneous with the due date for annual licence fees applicable to service licences.  The second is that the...
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Requirements of the Interception Legislation

Posted by LA Thornton on Thursday, January 27, 2011,
Did you know that all electronic communications network service (ECNS) and electronic communications service (ECS) licensees are required to gather and retain personal information about customers in terms of the Regulation of the Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act?  For more information, contact info@thornton.co.za.

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Compliance Reports

Posted by LA Thornton on Friday, January 7, 2011,
ICASA published a second draft of "compliance manual" regulations on 20 December 2010, for public comment due 18 January 2011.  The compliance manual calls for no less than eight new reports that licensees will be required to submit to ICASA, if the regulations are enacted.  These reports include two that will be due quarterly, with respect to compliance with the E-rate regulations and code of conduct regulations.  Comments on these draft regulations are due by no later than 31 January 2011. ...
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E-rate

Posted by LA Thornton on Wednesday, December 1, 2010,
Did you know that all licensees must provide a 50 percent discount to public schools and universities for Internet services, including connectivity charges, charges for equipment and charges for calls to an Internet service provider?  For more information, contact info@thornton.co.za.

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Tariff Filings

Posted by LA Thornton on Thursday, November 18, 2010,
Did you know that all individual electronic communications service and electronic communications network service licensees must file tariffs with ICASA?  For more information, contact info@thornton.co.za.


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ICASA's Compliance Division comes after new ECNS and ECS Licensees

Posted by LA Thornton on Wednesday, February 3, 2010,
The compliance division of ICASA has sent out letters to (some of) those licensees who had their licences converted to ECNS and ECS licences in January 2009, requesting proof that the licences are being used.  The Standard Terms and Conditions regulations require that operations must have begun, depending on the type of licence, within six to twelve months from the date the licence was issued.
Wow.  Of all the things ICASA could be doing to effectively regulate the industry, it is initiating a...
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