Tag Archives: ICASA

Vila Kasi is not licensed to broadcast according to ICASA

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) confirmed that the news channel Vila Kasi does not have the license to broadcast. The news fell as Mzwanele Manyis newspaper, Afro Voice, formerly known as the Gupta-owned New Age, is undergoing liquidation, placing dozens of journalists and other staff in limbo. Channon Merricks, who refers to himself [...]

Icasa plans to open up pay TV market

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is taking the lead with its plans to open up the pay-TV market amid objections by MultiChoice, the dominant pay-TV operator in the country. In May, the communications regulator held oral hearings in an inquiry about subscription television broadcasting services. In a bid to break the monopoly on [...]

ICASA to introduce 5G Huddle in Durban

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is assisting the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in hosting the 5th Annual 5G Huddle to be held for the first time in the Southern hemisphere. The 5G Huddle will be held in Durban from 29 to 30 May 2018 at the Garden Court, Marine Parade. The WWRF [...]

DSA commends ICASA for TV White Space regulations

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, DSA, congratulates the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, ICASA, for publishing its regulations on the use of Television White Space, TVWS. Marking a huge step forward for South Africa in enabling affordable broadband through dynamic spectrum access technologies, the achievement highlights the progress in the adoption of TVWS regulations around [...]

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 [...]