Tag Archives: ICASA

ICASA opened application for Digital Pay TV channels in SA

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has opened applications for broadcasters to apply for multiplexer 3 digital terrestrial television spectrum. ICASA issued an invitation to apply for this spectrum back in September 2015 but did not issue the license. Multiplexer 3 (MUX 3) is intended to provide additional commercial subscription television broadcasting services, [...]

MTN launched new OOB service in SA

MTN has recently launched a very simple way for its subscribers to block out-of-bundle (OOB) data usage, with its new Out of Bundle Barring service. Out-of-bundle Barring is available to users via USSD menu, by dialling *141*0#, and could be disable or enabled via this menu. The service stated that it would prevent the unintended [...]

New actors commended for the DTT deployment in South Africa

The DTT is seeing new actors collaborating for the smooth running and completion of the DTT project in South Africa. The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the South African Post Office, Sentech, ICASA and the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa have been entrusted with the digital migration of South African citizens [...]

Liquid Telecom officially acquires Neotel

Liquid Telecom, the telecommunications provider in Africa, has now officially acquired Neotel, the South African communications network. The agreement has been signed off and approval has been given by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Neotel will offer its services, upgraded, over the South African market through considerable capital obtained from Liquid Telecom. [...]

Prime time news to be cancelled on SABC

The state broadcaster of South Africa, SABC, made a request during a public hearing at ICASA for the amendment of its license conditions. This will prompt the removal of the requirement to broadcast news in prime time. The announcement was made by Phumzile Van Damme, the DA shadow Minister of Communications. According to Damme, all [...]

New SVOD service Future TV approved by ICASA in South Africa

Future TV, subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), has now become the sole supplier in South Africa to stream TV programmes using the Roku device after it has been approved by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). This will allow Future TV to approach local content providers for the generation of local content. Steven Cohen, the [...]

ICASA to investigate in pay-TV sector

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), has recently revealed its intention about proceeding with a thorough investigation in the pay-TV sector in South Africa, mostly targeting into the uncompetitive ones. Nonetheless, no further details were unveiled. Quoted from ICASAs statement: The purpose of the inquiry is to, among others, define the relevant wholesale [...]

Communication regulator in South Africa rejects all five new TV applicants

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has rejected all five applicants according to TechCentral. The applications were rejected on a number of grounds, including foreign shareholding, ownership by historically disadvantaged individuals, corporate status and finances. The licences, if they had not been rejected, would have led to the first new competition in free-to-air [...]

ICASA signs an MOU with the Film and Publication Board

  The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Pakamile Pongwana and the Film and Publication Board (FPB), Themba Wakashe signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the two entities address issues of co-jurisdiction in a seamless and collaborative manner.   The signing of this MOU is [...]

ICASA complete oral hearing for the Draft Local Content Regulations

Following the publication notice of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to call for public hearings on the Draft Regulations of South African Local Content for television and radio, ICASA has conducted oral representations on the 1st and 2nd October 2015. According to the authority, 20 written submissions from interested stakeholders have been [...]