Tag Archives: ICASA

MultiChoice & Icasa fight over Pay Tv laws

Following Icasa recent inquiry into subscription of TV broadcasting services where findings highlight ways to improve competition and lower subscription prices in the pay-TV market, the pay TV market inquiry and sports broadcasting regulations both pose a risk for MultiChoice, as the companys DStv and SuperSport brands often acquire exclusive broadcasting rights to major sporting [...]

Kwesé Free TV gets terrestrial license in SA

South African people will be able to enjoy a new free-to-air terrestrial television service offering five free channels to viewers, comprising of a dedicated 24-hour sports channel.  Kwesé Free TV, which is 20% own by Econet Group (the parent of Liquid Telecom), is the first free-to-air terrestrial broadcaster to be licensed since e.tv received its [...]

ICASA plans World Cup on Free to Air

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced a number of recommendations regarding access to televised high-profile sporting events, which are only available via to pay-TV subscribers. South African broadcaster MultiChoice currently holds a vast array of sports rights across its Super Sports channels, including soccer, rugby union and cricket, which are carried [...]

Icasa holds hearings for new free-to-air TV licence

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is set to start public hearings on the process of awarding a commercial free-to-air television licence on Thursday. The regulator said it would be looking into applications from Kwese Free TV, Tshwaranang Media, Infinity Media Networks and Free To Air TV. The process follows an unsuccessful round [...]

Africanopy to bring Internet to KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa

In South Africa, start-up AfriCanopy plans to deploy high-speed, low-cost internet in rural communities using the white space of television. These are waves reserved for television channels, but which are ultimately not used. The first tests of the project will be carried out in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. AfriCanopy said the Independent Communications Authority of [...]

Vila Kasi is not licensed to broadcast according to ICASA

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) confirmed that the news channel Vila Kasi does not have the license to broadcast. The news fell as Mzwanele Manyis newspaper, Afro Voice, formerly known as the Gupta-owned New Age, is undergoing liquidation, placing dozens of journalists and other staff in limbo. Channon Merricks, who refers to himself [...]

Icasa plans to open up pay TV market

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is taking the lead with its plans to open up the pay-TV market amid objections by MultiChoice, the dominant pay-TV operator in the country. In May, the communications regulator held oral hearings in an inquiry about subscription television broadcasting services. In a bid to break the monopoly on [...]

ICASA to introduce 5G Huddle in Durban

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is assisting the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in hosting the 5th Annual 5G Huddle to be held for the first time in the Southern hemisphere. The 5G Huddle will be held in Durban from 29 to 30 May 2018 at the Garden Court, Marine Parade. The WWRF [...]

DSA commends ICASA for TV White Space regulations

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, DSA, congratulates the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, ICASA, for publishing its regulations on the use of Television White Space, TVWS. Marking a huge step forward for South Africa in enabling affordable broadband through dynamic spectrum access technologies, the achievement highlights the progress in the adoption of TVWS regulations around [...]

ICASA opened application for Digital Pay TV channels in SA

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has opened applications for broadcasters to apply for multiplexer 3 digital terrestrial television spectrum. ICASA issued an invitation to apply for this spectrum back in September 2015 but did not issue the license. Multiplexer 3 (MUX 3) is intended to provide additional commercial subscription television broadcasting services, [...]