SA’s Draft Electronic Communications Amendment Bill Casts a Wider Net
The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) in June published the Draft Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, 2023, which is intended to amend certain parts of the Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005 (ECA). The objectives of the Draft Amendment Bill are to: provide for a new licence category for electronic communications facilities services, which will require more players in communications to be licensed; enable spectrum sharing subject to the oversight of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA); introduce a new regulatory framework for roaming and mobile virtual network services; improve the facilities leasing framework and its pricing principles; empower the Minister responsible for local government to make a national standard by-law on rapid deployment; and provide for improved competition regulation.
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