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Discussion Document on Market Inquiry into Signal Distribution Services Drawn Up

April 25, 2022

Independent Communications Authority

The Discussion Document on the Market Inquiry into Signal Distribution Services in South Africa has been drawn up.

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) published the Discussion Document in Government Gazette 46255 for comment.

In September 2021, ICASA announced its intention to conduct an Inquiry into signal distribution services.

The Inquiry is designed to assess the state of competition and determine whether or not there are markets or market segments within the signal distribution services value chain that may warrant regulation in the context of a market review in terms of section 67(4) of the Electronic Communications Act.

The Inquiry is being conducted in four phases, namely, Phase I – Market Inquiry, Phase II – Discussion Document, Phase III – Public Hearings on the Discussion Document and Phase IV – Findings Document.

A questionnaire was published in September 2021 requesting information and opinions from stakeholders to inform the market study.

Phase 2 of the Inquiry is now underway with ICASA inviting stakeholders to make written representations on the Discussion Document.

Comment is invited within 45 working days of the date of publication.

In Gazette 46264, the communications and digital technologies department published the Draft .ZA Registry and Registrar Licensing Regulations and Procedures for comment.

The Draft Regulations and Procedures were drawn up in terms of the Electronic Communications and Transaction Act.

The Draft Regulations are designed to prescribe the requirements which Registries and Registrars must meet to be licensed and terms and conditions applicable to all Registries and Registrars.

The functions and responsibilities and specific terms and conditions of Registries and Registrars are set down.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.