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ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations Amended

June 1, 2021

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.