Independent Communications Authority
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations have been amended.
The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) published the amended Regulations in Government Gazette 44631 in terms of the Electronic Communications Act.
A new sub-regulation (2) is inserted into Regulation 4.
It stipulates that licensees must resolve complaints received by them within 20 working days from the date of notification.
A new sub-regulation (4) stipulates that any tariffs associated with a service in terms of the act, intended to benefit and/or support consumers during the national state of disaster, may be lodged with ICASA one day prior to their operation/commencement.
A new sub-regulation (8A) stipulates that television broadcasting service licensees are exempted from compliance with specific advertising requirements in terms of their licence conditions.
A table setting out local television content quotas during the national state of disaster is provided.
The exemptions will fall away three months after the termination of the state of disaster.
A new sub-regulation (12D) stipulates that community broadcasting service licensees that hold any community meetings or AGMs must submit a detailed plan to ICASA within 21 working days prior to the meeting or AGM.
Amendments are also introduced to Regulation 5 on the decommissioning of type approved equipment within three months of the expiry of the temporary radio frequency spectrum licences and Regulation 6 on temporary radio frequency spectrum licences.
The amended Regulations come into effect on 1 June 2021.
Meanwhile, in Gazette 44618, ICASA called for comment on proposed amendments to the Ordering System Specification for Geographic, Non-Geographic and Mobile Number Portability.
Comment is invited within 14 working days from the date of publication.