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South Africa country report: Licensing and regulation in the communications sector

South Africa currently has two key statutes governing broadcasting, and a separate statute for telecommunications. There is, however, a single regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), which governs both sectors.

In the first quarter of 2006 almost all of this legislation will be repealed by a convergence statute, the Electronic Communications Act (EC Act).

14 March 2006

Licensing and regulation in the communications sector

By Amanda Armstrong, head of Communications Law Department, Werksmans Inc.

New communications legislation

South Africa currently has two key statutes governing broadcasting, and a separate statute for telecommunications. There is, however, a single regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), which governs both sectors.

In the first quarter of 2006 almost all of this legislation will be repealed by a convergence statute, the Electronic Communications Act (EC Act).[1]

Objectives of the Electronic Communications Act

The EC Act is an attempt by government –

  • to create a single statute for the electronic communications sector;
  • to provide for legislation that is technology neutral, and for the making of policy, licensing and regulation in an increasingly converged environment; 
  • to prov...

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