Second draft interconnection regulations

25 August 2009

On 10 July 2009, the Authority published in Notice number 941, Government Gazette number 32370, dated 10 July 2009, its intention to prescribe Interconnection Regulations (the draft regulations) in terms of section 4 and 38 of the Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005 (the EC Act), read with section 4(3) (j) of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act 13 of 2000 as amended (the ICASA Act). The draft regulations are accompanied by Annexure A, containing the explanatory notes for the draft regulations. The Authority commenced the process of draft Interconnection Regulations in 2007, when a notice inviting interested persons to submit written representations to its intention to prescribe interconnection regulations was published. This process culminated in the Authority publishing the second draft of the interconnection regulations on 24 December 2007. The outcome of the second draft of the draft regulations was satisfactory to the NAB, and the broadcasting sector as a whole, as the second draft had captured the key concerns of the broadcasting sector on interconnection. However, in the latest draft of the regulations, ICASA reneged on it previous position of exempting broadcasting service licencees from the application of the interconnection regulations. This necessitated the NAB making a written submission. The closing date for written representations was 25 August 2009.

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