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ICASA Councillor’s Appointment is ‘Invalid’

The future of Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) councillor, William Stucke, hangs in the balance after two legal opinions found that his appointment as a councillor of the telecoms and broadcasting regulator is invalid.

Section 6 of the ICASA Act says a person who has financial interests in the communications sector may not be appointed as councillor.

ICASA in Hot Seat Over Applications

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is in the hot seat over its handling of licence applicationsThe Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is in the hot seat over its handling of a licence application, this time for hotly contested commercial radio licences in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban.

South Africa’s Mobile TV Delayed Again

South Africans will have to wait a while longer for the country’s first mobile television. The deadline for applications for the first four licences was 7 May.

The licence was supposed to be awarded in time for the World Cup, but instead of sorting the applications, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has been reported to the Public Protector by one of the applicants for procedural impropriety.

ICASA to Issue Mobile TV Licences

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is racing against time to issue mobile-television licences in time for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The move to will enable mobile television licence holder to deliver broadcasting of content via cellphones – following government’s commitment that there will be mobile-TV during the tournament.

ICASA councillor, Robert Nkuna, says there are two multiplexes (transmission of several TV channels on one frequency) that have been set aside for mobile-TV.

ICASA Opens Discussion on Internet TV

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has issued a discussion document aimed at implementing a regulatory framework for Internet protocol television (IPTV).

Steven Ambrose, an analyst at World Wide Worx, says the IPTV could be a nonstarter until there is broadband access and also fibre to homes and gated areas.

“Few people in South Africa have access to high-speed Internet at home. The current high-speed Internet service is not good enough for IPTV. There should be uncapped bandwidth for IPTV,” explains Ambrose.

Oh to Live the Life (of a Dali)

Oh to live the life of a Dali
(not the Salvador surrealist one)
fleecing the public broadcaster
another one time over again
he with the sort of usual business
interests outside just in case

Oh to live the life of a Dali
not in a great hurry says he
to go out and find a job
like the some of us

Oh to live the life of a Dali
who apparently did not struggle
to be a peasant lowly or otherwise
at the back of the BEE queue

Oh to live the life of a Dali

SABC to Drop Complaint Against AZAPO

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it will withdraw its complaint with the police against Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO). political party

SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, points out that, “The corporation has decided to rather engage with AZAPO’s leadership to ensure that a similar incident does not happen in the future.”

ICASA Delays Mobile TV Licensing

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has shelved the mobile television licence process until it can finalise the allocation of frequencies for broadcasting services.

ICASA says that it will be in the interest of the communications industry at large to finalise the digital migration policy and frequency band plan before licensing any mobile digital video broadcasting services.

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