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National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper - Part 4

Posted by LA Thornton on Monday, December 5, 2016,
The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper was published 26 September 2016.  The White Paper deals with many issues.  In this part IV of the series, we will look at the rapid deployment policy, dealing with how licensees acquire rights of ways to construct or install infrastructure. 

Background

The Electronic Communications Act (EC Act) grants to all electronic communications network service (ECNS) licensees certain rights regarding access to land, including, inter alia, the following. 
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National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper - Part 3

Posted by LA Thornton on Tuesday, November 22, 2016,
The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper (White Paper or ICT Policy) has been published, 26 September 2016.   In this part 3 of a series, we unpack the spectrum policy (including the issue of a wireless open access network). 

The White Paper rightly characterizes the policy on spectrum as a paradigm shift.  As such, amendments to existing legislation will be required before the policy can be effected.  Some of the specifics are discussed herein.

There are three aspects of the spectrum pol...

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National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper - Part 2

Posted by LA Thornton on Wednesday, November 16, 2016,
The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper (White Paper) was published 26 September 2016.  Although the White Paper deals with many issues, there appear to be three pillars upon which it rests.  First, is the concept of open access. Second, is the issue of spectrum assignments.  Third, is the rapid deployment policy dealing with how licensees acquire rights of ways.  

In this part II of the series, we will look at the open access policy (excluding the issue of a wireless open access networ...

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National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper - Part 1

Posted by LA Thornton on Wednesday, October 12, 2016,
The National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, dated 26 September 2016, has been published.  In this part 1 of a series, we will to set out the proposed new institutional structures for regulating the ICT industries.  Subsequent parts in the series will deal with specific issues, such as spectrum, universal access, the deployment of infrastructure, and Internet governance.

It is worth noting that all of the existing regulatory structures, including ICASA, USAASA and the .za DNA will be replac...

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New ICT Policies and Legislation on the Horizon

Posted by LA Thornton on Tuesday, April 27, 2010,
The Minister of Communications, General Siphiwe Nyanda, delivered his budget speech on 20 April 2010, indicating that the Broadband Policy has been finalised (but not yet published) and promising the introduction of an ICASA Amendment Bill, the Public Service Broadcasting Bill and an Electronic Communications Amendment Bill
The Minister thanked Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom for cooperating in reducing communications costs (by reducing too high call termination fees), and exhorted ICASA to...
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