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ICASA Invites Applications for Broadcasting Licence in Northern Cape

February 24, 2021

Independent Communications Authority

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) has invited applications for Individual Broadcasting Licence and Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence for Commercial Sound Broadcasting Services in the Northern Cape.

The invitation was published in Government Gazette 44175.

The call was made in terms of Section 9 of the Electronic Communications Act read with the 2004 position paper on the review of ownership and control of broadcasting services and existing commercial sound broadcasting licences.

Applications are invited until 30 September 2021.

In Gazette 44176, ICASA announced that CMC Networks Proprietary Limited has applied for the transfer of control of its individual electronic communications network service licence to Ascension Fund No 7 LLP.

According to ICASA, the application will be evaluated on criteria including promotion of competition in the ICT sector, interests of consumers and equity ownership by historically disadvantaged persons.

Written representations on the application are invited within 14 working days from the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the portfolio committee on communications has welcomed the commitment made last week by the communications and digital technologies minister, Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, to speed up the digital migration project.

The plan is to reach complete analogue switch-off in March 2022 as announced by president Ramaphosa during the 2021 State of the Nation Address.

Speaking to the committee, the minister pointed out that the “analogue switch-off will be implemented incrementally in provincial phases as milestones, starting with the Free State in March 2021”.

In a statement, the committee declared that its programme will be revised in order to give priority to the digital migration project.