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Comment on Equipment Authorization Regulations Re-Opened

May 27, 2021

Independent Communications Authority

Comment on the Draft Equipment Authorization Regulations has been re-opened.

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) published the Draft Regulations in Government Gazette 44371 for comment at the end of March 2021.

The Draft Regulations are designed to, inter alia, streamline the equipment authorization process in accordance with the Electronic Communications Act; protect the integrity of the electronic communications networks; ensure interoperability, interconnectability and harmonization and avoid harmful interference with the electronic communications network by prescribing electronic communications equipment, electronic communications facilities and subscriber equipment conformance requirements.

The Draft Regulations stipulate that it is an “offence to offer for sale or to possess, with the intention to sell, any electronic communications equipment, electronic communications facility or subscriber equipment that is not authorised in terms of these Regulations”.

ICASA announced the re-opening of submissions until 31 May 2021 in Gazette 44614.

According to ICASA, stakeholders may use the opportunity to make new submissions, revise or supplement submissions already made.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 44613, ICASA announced the transfer of an individual electronic communications service (I-ECS) and an individual electronic communications network service (I-ECNS) licence from Desmond Bayley Ramsay to Blue Shadow Investments (Pty) Ltd.

The announcement was made in terms of the Electronic Communications Act.