ENSafrica TMT ENSight – Issue 4 | 2022-03

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Welcome to the fourth issue of TMT ENSight of ENSafrica, focusing on topics, news and analysis of new and interesting developments in technology, media and telecommunications. In this edition:

  • Our featured article looks at the Films and Publications Amendment Act, 2019, which recently came into force.
  • Back to basicsexplaining the ins and outs of contract manuals and their benefits.
  • Telecommunicationsan overview of recent developments in the telecom sector.
  • In the newsa curation of current events in the technology and telecommunications industry.

featured article

  • Amendments to the Films and Publications Act 1996 are now in force
    • Wilmari Strachan and Naledi Ramoabi examine how the new Films and Publications Amendment Act 2019 takes into account technological advances in the creation and distribution of digital content in the new century.
    • Read the article here.

back to basics

  • Contract Playbooks
    • Ridwaan Boda explains why a well-written contract manual is essential to save time, effort and expense in the contract negotiation process.
    • Learn more here.

telecommunications

  • GG45939: ICASA Releases List of Qualified Candidates as Bidders in IMT Spectrum Licensing Process
    • On January 31, 2022, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA“) received six applications in response to the invitation to apply (“ITA“).
    • The ITA concerned the licensing process for international mobile telecommunications (“MIT“) with respect to the provision of mobile broadband wireless access services for urban and rural areas using the complementary bands IMT700, IMT800, IMT2600 and IMT3500.
    • Successful bidders who qualify to proceed to the auction stage of the licensing process are:
      • Cell C;
      • Liquid Telecoms;
      • NTDs;
      • Rainwater networks;
      • Telkom; and
      • Vodacom.
    • ICASA has also changed the ITA deadlines.
      • Bidders Seminar: 28 FEB 2022
      • Individual simulated auctions: MARCH 1-3, 2022
      • opt-in auction: MARCH 8, 2022
      • Main auction: MARCH 10, 2022
    • Following GG46013, ICASA has issued a Notice Regarding Membership Round Location for Qualified Bidders in accordance with ITA as follows:
      • Date: TUE 8 MARCH 2022
      • Time: From 10:00 a.m.
      • Venue: Independent Communications Authority of South Africa

Block C

350 Witch-Hazel Avenue,

Eco Point office park,

Eco Park, Centurion, Gauteng

o ICASA reminds qualified bidders that only two authorized representatives will be permitted on site and are advised to be on site prior to the start of the opt-in auction for registration purposes.

  • GG 45984: Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy (as amended): Announcement of Analog Signal Shutdown Date and End of Dual Lighting
    • On February 28, 2022, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies proclaimed March 31, 2022 as the date for the permanent extinction of the analog signal.
    • The final decision to stop was taken in light of the Digital Migration Regulations (Government Notice 1070, Official Gazette 36000 of December 14, 2012).
    • The conditions of license for terrestrial television broadcasting service licensees, for licensees that have appointed an electronic communications network service licensee to provide signal distribution services, have been complied with.
    • License terms are based on coverage requirements for multiplexes 1 and 2.
    • The number of needy households that have registered for government assistance with set-top boxes and the progress made in installing them will enable analogue shutdown in various provinces by March 31, 2022.
    • SENTECH is the appointed service provider to provide signal distribution services to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (“SABC“).
    • SENTECH has confirmed that the digital broadcast signal for SABC, which is provided via terrestrial and satellite networks, is 100%.

in the news

  • The government has dropped its requirements for the licensing of Wholesale OpenAccess Network (WOAN)
    • The Cabinet abandoned its plan to launch an open-access wholesale network (“WOMEN“). The open access network model was first proposed as part of the White Paper on National Integrated ICT Policy, released in 2016 under former Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele. The model was an element key to the telecommunications industry’s transformation strategy and aimed to improve access to broadband connectivity and competition in the South African mobile market.
    • The Cabinet revealed that it had approved an amendment to the policy on high-demand spectrum, as well as the policy guidance on licensing WOAN. The proposed changes apparently remove licensing requirements from WOAN. New Policy Guidance on WOAN Licensing will be released for public comment.
    • For more information on the new policy direction, click here and here.
  • New guidance for departments wishing to use cloud computing services
    • On February 10, 2022, the Minister of Public Service and Administration approved the implementation of the Public Service Cloud Computing Determination and Directive.
    • The determination and directive are intended to provide government agencies with guidance on how to adopt, use, manage and terminate cloud services with third parties.
    • The decision and directive apply to all departments and their staff.
    • According to the determination and directive, before using cloud services, departments must prepare a business case detailing the scope of cloud services and conduct a risk assessment and cloud readiness assessment.
    • For government entities that are already using cloud computing services, the department head should perform a risk assessment and file the current services risk assessment report with the departmental risk committee.
    • Government agencies must comply with all requirements set out in the decision and directive within six months of the approval and publication of the decision and directive.
    • For more information on the determination and directive, click here.
  • South Africa in the top 10 countries with the most cybercrimes
    • Surfshark research has revealed that South Africa is among the top 10 countries in the world severely affected by cybercrime.
    • South Africa ranks sixth on the list and is the only African country in the top 10 countries.
    • The United Kingdom was in first place, followed by the United States in second place, and Canada placed third on the list.
    • According to the research, South Africa has around 51 victims of cybercrimes for every one million internet users.
    • South Africa has also recorded the highest increase in cybercrime of any country.
    • Surfshark speculated that the reason for the increase in cybercrime in South Africa was due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • More news about the report can be found here, and the report can be viewed here.
  • Tech giants team up with GirlCode for women-only hackathon
    • South African e-tailer Takealot.com, along with Amazon Web Services, Mint Group, DVT and Lenovo have teamed up with GirlCode to host a women-only hackathon.
    • GirlCode is a non-profit organization that empowers women to take on roles in the tech industry.
    • The theme of the hackathon was “breaking prejudice” and took place on March 8, 2022 and March 9, 2022, on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
    • Hackathon participants formed groups of two to four to participate in the hackathon.
    • The hackathon was held at the 22onSloane campus in Johannesburg.
    • To learn more about the partnership, click here.
  • Launch of the first Metaverse marketplace in Africa
    • On February 28, 2022, Mann Made launched a metaverse marketplace known as Ubuntuland.
    • Ubuntuland is the first Metaverse marketplace to launch on the African continent.
    • Ubuntuland consists of 204,642 plots of land that make up different villages in various community centers.
    • Once publicly available, plots of land in Ubuntuland will be available for purchase and will be priced according to a tiered value system.
    • The Ubuntuland lands will be made available to the public for purchase during the second quarter of the year.
    • Ubuntuland’s currency will be the $UBUNTU token, and it was built based on the Ethereum blockchain
    • The valuation of the $UBUNTU token will be calculated based on what users invest, build or trade inside the metaverse.
    • More information about the Ubuntuland launch can be read here.
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