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Electronic Communications Act, 2005

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To promote convergence in the broadcasting, broadcasting signal distribution and telecommunications sectors and to provide the legal framework for convergence of these sectors; to make new provision for the regulation of electronic communications services, electronic communications network services and broadcasting services; to provide for the granting of new licences and new social obligations; to provide for the control of the radio frequency spectrum; to provide for the continued existence of the Universal Service Agency and the Universal Service Fund; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

 

Last update: March 2018


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Latest Developments:

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by Regulations, Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fee Regulations, 2010, Annexure "A" as per Notice No. 156 of GG 41516 dated 23 March 2018.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by Regulations, Call Termination Regulations, 2014 amended, as per GG 41167, Notice No. 811 dated 6 October 2017.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by Regulations, Call Termination Regulations, 2014 amended, as per GG 41132, Notice No. 729 dated 22 September 2017.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by Regulations, End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations, 2016 as per Notice No. 189 of GG 39898 dated 1 April 2016.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated with Regulations, Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015, Part IV - Procedures for Radio Frequency Spectrum Licensing and Assignment, 15. Permission to Assign, Cede or Transfer Control of a Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence, as per GG 38754, Notice No. 386 dated 30 April 2015.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by Regulations, Class Licensing Processes and Procedures Regulations (as amended), 2010 as per Notice No. 157 of GG 39874 dated 30 March 2016.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by  Regulations regarding Standard Terms and Conditions for Class Licences under Chapter 3, Standard Terms and Conditions for Class Broadcasting Services Regulations as per Notice No. 155 of GG 39872 dated 30 March 2016.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by Regulations, Numbering Plan Regulations, 2016 as per Notice No. 370 of GG39861 dated 24 March 2016.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Fee Regulations, 2010 as per Notice No. 280 of 2015 of GG 30642 dated 30 March 2015.

 

The Electronics Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been amended by Notice Regarding the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015, Government Gazette 38641, Notice 279 of 2015, dated 30 March 2015.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated with Regulations, Call Termination Regulations, 2014 as per GG 38042, Notice 844 dated 30 September 2014.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by the amendment of Regulations, Mobile Television Regulations, 2010 as per GG 37929, Notice No. 682 dated 22 August 2014.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been amended by Government Gazette 37536, Notice No. 266, Electronic Communications Amendment Act, 2013, dated 7 April 2014.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by Regulations, ICASA General Licence Fees Regulations, 2012 as per Notice No. 299 of 2013 of GG 36323 dated 28 March 2013.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by Regulations, Digital Migration Regulations, 2012, GG 36000, Notice No. 1070 dated 14 December 2012.

 

The Act has been updated with Regulations Notice No. R. 93 in Government Gazette No. 34010 dated 10 February 2011.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by Regulations, Carrier Pre-selection Regulations, 2010 as per Notice No. 924 of GG 33589 dated 27 September 2010.

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been updated by Regulations, Licensing Processes and Procedures Regulations, 2010 as per Notice No. R. 526 of GG 33297 dated 14 June 2010.

 

This Act has been updated with Regulations No. R. 522 in Government Gazette No. 33293 dated 14 June 2010; Regulations No. 523 in Government Gazette No. 33294 dated 14 June 2010; and Regulations R. 525 in Government Gazette No. 33296 dated 14 June 2010.

 

This Act has been updated by Notice No. 617 in Government Gazette No. 33377 dated 13th July 2010.

 

This Act has been updated by Notice No. 924 in Government Gazette No. 33589 dated 27 September 2010 – which replaces Regulations in Notice 811.

 

This Act has been updated by Regulations – Notice 811 of 2010 in Government Gazette No. 33474 dated 20 August 2010 ; Regulations – Notice 754 of 2010 in Government Gazette No. 33495 dated 27 August 2010 and Notice No. 827 of 2010 in Government Gazette No. 33496 dated 27 August 2010.

 

This Act has been updated by:

Regulations – Notice No. R. 282 in Government Gazette No. 33101 dated 9 April 2010;

Regulations – Notice No. R. 275 in Government Gazette No. 33079 dated 7 April 2010; and

Regulations – Notice No. R. 318 in Government Gazette No. 33125 dated 16 April 2010.

 

The Act has been updated by Regulations -Notice No. R. 97 in Government Gazette No. 32956 dated 15 February 2010; and Regulations - Notice No. 46 of 2010 in Government Gazette No. 32885 dated 22 January 2010.

 

This Act has been updated with End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations 2009, published in Government Gazette No. 32431 dated 24 July 2009.

 

This Act has been updated with Regulations regarding the Code of Conduct for Broadcasting service licensees, published in Government Gazette No. 32381 dated 6 July 2009.

 

This Act has been updated by Notice no. R. 720 of 2009 – "Digital Terrestrial Television Regulations" published in Government Gazette No. 32377 dated 3 July 2009.

 

This Act has been updated with the ICASA General Licence Fees Regulations, printed in Government Gazette No. 32084 dated 1 April 2009.

 

The Act has been amended by the Electronic Communications Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 37 of 2007) as published in Government Gazette No. 30658 dated 8 January 2008.

 

This Act has been updated with Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) Regulations as published in Government Gazette No. 29685 dated 5 March 2007;

 

The Electronic Communications Act, 2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005) has been added to the site as published in Government Gazette No. 28743 dated 18 April 2006;