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Title: Presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communications on the ICASA 2006 Annual Report


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Presentation to the Portfolio Committee on
Communicationson the ICASA 2006 Annual Report
  • Presented by Stanley Mamaregane
  • Acting General Manager LCC
  • Date 03 November 2006

2
Outline of Presentation
  • Policy Objectives
  • Achievements of the year 2005/2006
  • Monitoring and Enforcement
  • Consumer Protection
  • International Participation
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • ICASA its People
  • Litigation
  • Financial Statements

3
  • POLICY OBJECTIVES

4
Policy Objectives (1)
  • Promoting affordable delivery of services and
    universal access
  • Encouraging investment in the communications
    sector within a stable and regulatory regime
  • Encouraging the development of a competitive and
    effective communications sector
  • Promoting and facilitating convergence of
    telecommunications, broadcasting and information
    technology

5
Policy objectives (2)
  • Fostering the development of public, commercial
    and community broadcasting services that are
    responsive to the needs of the people
  • Promoting the provision of a diverse range of
    sound and television broadcasting services on a
    national, regional and local basis
  • Bridging the Digital Divide

6
  • Achievements for the
  • Year 2005/2006

7
Promoting Universal Access
  • ICASA issued licences published policy
    documents in execution of its mandate to promote
    community access to basic telephony
    broadcasting services
  • Underserviced Area Licences (USALs)
  • Seven USAL Licences were granted
  • ITA for phase 2 was issued
  • 42 applications were lodged
  • Public hearings and deliberations were conducted
    in 14 areas
  • Recommendations were forwarded to the Minister
  • Minister published ITA for the third phase

8
Promoting Universal Access cont.
  • Promulgated Numbering Plan Regulations
  • Installed a Central Number Database (CNDB)
  • Published Position Paper on the Regulation of
    Commercial Subscription Broadcasting Services
  • Published Discussion Paper on the Review of the
    Regulatory Framework on Community Sound
    Broadcasting Policy
  • Published Position Paper setting new policy and
    licensing framework on the Regulation of Self
    Help Station

9
Promoting Universal Access cont.
  • Participated on the DoC initiative to develop
    Digital Migration/Transition Strategy
  • Issued final amendment licence conditions,
    bringing the SABC in line with all other
    broadcasters
  • Granted SABC 4 5 application for regional
    television services but not issued, subject to
    SABC furnishing sufficient proof for funding

10
Promoting Economic Growth Job Creation
  • Issued licence to Second National Operator
    (Neotel)
  • Embarked on a licence amendment process to create
    an equitable environment between Telkom the SNO
  • Drafted Regulations to create a framework for
    Value Added Network Services (VANS). To date the
    Authority has issued 331 VANS licenses

11
Promoting Economic Growth Job Creation cont.
  • Issued
  • 41 Private Telecommunication Network (PTN)
    Licenses
  • Frequency Spectrum in the 1800 MHz band to mobile
    operators who have undertaken to provide SIM Card
    connection services and terminal equipment to be
    used for disadvantaged communities
  • 2 mobile operators with 3G licenses, each subject
    to providing internet access to 5000 schools, 140
    institutions for people with disabilities and
    1400 terminals for people with disabilities
  • Over 5000 new frequency spectrum licenses

12
Promotion Competition, Choice Diversity
  • Undertook review of COA/CAM for Mobile Operators
    and Public Switched Telecommunication Services
    (PSTS)
  • Implemented Rate Regime Regulation
  • Published Mobile Pricing Discussion Document and
    held hearings
  • Held Enquiry into Handset Subsidies
  • Consolidated Interconnection and Facilities
    Leasing Guidelines

13
Promoting Competition, Choice Diversity cont.
  • Broadcasting
  • Amended 9 Broadcasting licences within the
    categories of community, commercial and public
    broadcasting services
  • Approved the establishment of 37 new Television
    Self-Help Stations
  • Terminated M-Nets open window
  • Published ITA for Commercial Sound Broadcasting
    Licenses in Secondary Markets

14
Promoting Competition, Choice Diversity cont.
  • Broadcasting
  • In response to the ITA for four years community
    sound broadcasting licences in the nodal point
    areas - 4 Applications were received for stations
    in urban areas and 15 applications for stations
    in rural areas. Hearings held in March and April
    2006
  • Granted 40 special events license applications, 9
    applications were refused

15
  • MONITORING AND ENFORCEMENT

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Monitoring Enforcement
  • ICASA monitors compliance with licence conditions
    by communications service providers and
    adjudicates complaints
  • 163 monitoring reports were produced
  • Conducted 35 monitoring visits
  • Received 69 complaints

17
Monitoring Enforcement cont.
  • The Broadcasting Monitoring and Complaints
    Committee adjudicates complaints in the
    broadcasting sector referred to it by ICASA 5
    licensees appeared before the BMCC
  • ICASA monitored the broadcasters coverage of the
    2006 Local Government Elections
  • ICASA enforces compliance by spectrum users.
    Inspections, monitoring, interference
    investigations maritime audits were conducted

18
Setting Technical Standards
  • ICASA issues type approval certificates and
    licenses on communications equipment based on
    acceptable standards for performance and safety
  • Amateur Radio Regulations were developed

19
  • CONSUMER PROTECTION

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Consumer Protection
  • Outreach programmes on consumer education are
    aimed at informing communities about ICASAs
    regulatory activities and their rights as
    consumers
  • In order to provide access to information for the
    visually impaired, some of the education material
    is produced in braille
  • Road shows were held in all Provinces
  • Conducted 93 Community Radio Interviews
  • A number of consumer complaints were received,
    analysed and resolved

21
Consumer Protection cont.
  • Research was done on Telkoms Public Pay Phones
  • Conducted workshops together with mobile
    operators, fixed operators and organisations
    representing people with disabilities, aimed at
    educating disabled people on available services

22
  • INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION

23
International Participation
  • ICASA participates actively in
  • TRASA (Chairs two specialist committees and
    Executive Committee Member)
  • ACRAN/RIARC (Served as Chair)
  • ITU
  • Broadcasting related meetings and events
  • Bilateral meetings with other regulators i.e.
    Federal Communications Commission and Ethiopian
    Broadcasting Authority

24
International Participation cont.
  • Assistance was provided to
  • Lesotho Telecoms Authority on their spectrum
    project
  • Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project by
    terrestrial interference surveys
  • Hosting of visiting delegations for information
    sharing

25
  • STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT

26
Stakeholder Management
  • ICASA held the following stakeholder events
  • Commissioning and re-designing of ICASAs website
  • Stakeholder meeting on ICASAs readiness to
    implement the ECA
  • Hosting of international visitors
  • Participating in industry exhibitions
  • Public participation through hearings for all
    policy and regulation development processes

27
  • CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

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Corporate Governance
  • Council plays a strategic leadership, regulatory,
    adjudicatory and oversight role
  • Councillors sign a Code of Conduct which defines
    the standards and integrity that they must
    maintain
  • Committees of Council are established to assist
    Council in the exercise of its powers functions
  • An in-house Internal Audit function is
    established
  • New initiatives to improve corporate governance

29
Corporate Governance cont.
  • A Risk Management Committee was established to
    identify and investigate risks
  • A Bid Committee considers bids for the
    procurement of goods services. The functions
    of the Bid Committee are underpinned by the
    provisions of the PFMA PPPF Act
  • ICASA is in the process of developing a Council
    Charter and a Performance Management System for
    Council

30
  • ICASA AND ITS PEOPLE

31
DEMOGRAPHICS PER POPULATION GROUP MARCH 2004 -
MARCH 2006
32
DEMOGRAPHICS PER GENDER GROUP MARCH 2005 VS
MARCH 2006
MARCH 2005
MARCH 2004
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ICASA its People
  • Due to an incomplete roll-out of ICASA
    Performance Management System, ICASA Staff were
    rewarded with an amount of R8500,00 each for
    performance in 2006
  • ICASA reached with the Communication Workers
    Union to pay an increase of 8,5 to all staff
    members below management level and 7 to members
    at management level within the bargaining unit
  • ICASA has embarked on a drive to fill in vacant
    posts

34
  • LITIGATION

35
Litigation
  • ICASA operates in a highly litigious environment
    as its decisions are frequently taken on review
    by unsuccessful applicants
  • The litigation annexure of the Annual Report
    indicates that ICASA was involved in 25
    litigation matters
  • The Registrar of Trade Marks approved ICASA logo
    as a trade mark

36
ICASA 2005/06 Annual Financial Statement
37
Statement of Financial Performance
38
Statement of Financial Position
39
Statement of Changes in Net Assets
40
Cash flow Statement
41
  • THANK YOU
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