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ICASA launches inquiry into signal distribution services

25 August 2021 News

ICASA has published notice of its intention to conduct an inquiry into competition in signal distribution services and is inviting questions from the public on clarity by 4 October 2021. The purpose of the inquiry is to enable ICASA to determine whether there are markets or market segments within the signal distribution service value chain.

Broadcasting signal distribution is a process which occurs by electronic communication, which results in the output signal of a broadcasting service being taken from its point of origin to a broadcast target area. A broadcasting signal distribution service may be classified as a multi-channel distribution service if the service is for more than one channel at the same time on the same signal.

ICASA is required (under the Electronic Communications Act of 2005) to consider various factors when determining whether there is effective competition in relation to South African signal distribution services. These factors include barriers to entry and the dynamic character and functioning of these services. It may consider imposing any pro-competitive licence terms and conditions, which may include rate regulation, obligations to provide interconnection and facilities and distribution, access and reselling obligations.

The inquiry will involve a number of processes, the first of which is an opportunity for the public to submit questions on clarity to ICASA by 4 October 2021. Then the public will have opportunities to submit representations or responses, as the case may be, at various intervals. This will ultimately result in ICASA publishing the outcome of the inquiry 90 days after its conclusion.




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