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ICT COVID–19 National State of Disaster Regulations Drawn Up

November 12, 2021

Independent Communications Authority

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) COVID–19 National State of Disaster Regulations have been drawn up.

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) published the Regulations in Government Gazette 45458.

The Regulations were first published in April 2020 in Gazette 43207 with the sixth and last amendment published on 31 August 2021 in Gazette 45069.

The last amendment extended the temporary radio frequency spectrum licences issued to certain Individual Electronic Communications Network Service and Individual Electronic Communications Services licensees in April 2020 to 30 November 2021.

According to ICASA, the temporary radio frequency spectrum licences issued in April 2020 will not be extended and such licences will terminate on 30 November 2021.

The Regulations prescribe minimum standards that Licensees must adhere to during the national state of disaster.

The Regulations apply to all ECNS, ECS, broadcasting, postal and radio frequency spectrum licensees, including those licensees assigned with the temporary radio frequency spectrum and all authorisations, certificates, applications and registrations made and/or issued in terms of the Electronic Communications Act, Broadcasting Act and the Postal Services Act.

The 2020 Regulations are repealed.

The Regulations came into effect on the date of publication and remain in force until termination of the state of disaster.