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					Independent Communications Authority
           of South Africa


Presentation to the Portfolio Committee
of Communication on ICASA Strategic
           Plan and Budget

               13 March 2007
            Mr Paris Mashile

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Agenda
                                  Vision

                                 Mission

                           Value System

                     Strategic Objectives

                           Plan of Action

                         Funding Model

     Top Level Organisational Structure

  Councillors’ Tasks and Responsibilities
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                   Vision

To be a catalyst in the transformation of the
country into an information oriented society
and knowledge based economy




                                                3
                 Mission

To create a competitive environment for
delivering a wide range of high quality
Communication and Postal services at
affordable prices in order to
assist in the overall economic growth and
social development of the country
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                Value System

• SHARING A COMMON VISION
  Listening to others commitment and inspiration
• ENCOURAGING SYSTEMS THINKING
  Interconnectedness and alignment
• DEMYSTIFYING MYTHS
  – Decisions based on reasoned and relevant facts;
  – Speak without fear, favour or prejudice;
  – Preach what you practice or walking the talk.

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          Strategic Objectives

• Increasing the availability and quality of
  electronics communication services to
  domestic and business users;
• Encouraging and maintaining a pro-
  competitive market through effective
  competition and transparent regulation;

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           Strategic Objectives

• Establish regulatory policies that promote
  competition, innovation and investment in
  services and facilities providing widespread
  access to ICT.
• Maximizing the net economic and social worth
  of the sector, including its strategic use as a
  catalyst for economic, social and technological
  development in other areas of the economy;
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          Strategic Objectives

• Provision to broaden economic
  participation in the sector by SMMEs;
• Encouraging the injection of capital by
  domestic and foreign investors;
• Encouraging and supporting the
  successful introduction of new
  technologies and services.
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                Plan of Action
•   Create a Competitive Environment
•   Facilitate Interconnection
•   Ensure Universal Service Provision
•   Formulate Licensing Criteria
•   Safe-guard the Independence of the Regulator
•   Allocate the use of Scarce Resources
•   Investigation Monitoring and Enforcement

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   Create a Competitive Environment

• Complete policies and regulations
  covering market analysis and
  competition, interconnection, local loop
  unbundling and facilities sharing;
  – Facilitate the market entry of new licensed
    operators providing competitive voice and
    data services on a national and international
    basis;
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 Create a Competitive Environment
SMP
• Place obligations upon designated SMPs;
  – Resale of their services;
  – Access to network elements e.g. LLU;
  – Provision of interconnection on cost oriented
    and non-discriminatory terms;
  – Compulsory cost oriented rates and fees

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 Create a Competitive Environment
• Tariffs and Costing
  – Develop an appropriate tariff regulation
    regime to assure competition and the widest
    availability of service consistent with a
    reasonable return on operators investments




                                                  12
 Create a Competitive Environment
• Broadband Competition
  – Increase broadband competition from multiple
    technology platforms e.g. terrestrial; co-axial
    cable; two wire-line; optical fiber; satellite;
  – Encourage the provision of multimedia
    services through converged networks.
  – Facilitate the roll-out of NGNs, IP services and
    Local Loop Unbundling.
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       Facilitate Interconnection
• To be provided under non-discriminatory terms
  and conditions and in a timely and transparent
  fashion;
• Regarding SMP or dominant players, the terms
  and conditions should be made publicly
  available in the form of an RIO;
• In the case of a dispute the operators should
  have recourse to the Authority of arbitration.

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 Ensure Universal Service Provision
• Provide for universal service obligation in
  a transparent, non-discriminatory manner;
• Place on at least the major operators
  licence conditions specifically obliging
  service providers to comprehensive
  geographical coverage, voice, directory,
  emergency call services and reasonable
  tariff costs.

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     Formulate Licensing Criteria
• Relevant provisions should include:
  – the criteria and period of time normally
    required to reach a decision concerning an
    application for a licence;
  – the terms and conditions of all types of
    licensing including the fee structure ;
  – The reason for any denial of a licence
    application should be made known to the
    applicant.
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Safe-guard the Independence of the Regulator

• The Authority must function without any
  commercial and political interference
• The Authority is independent and must
  perform its functions without fear, favour or
  prejudice.



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Allocate the use of Scare Resources
• The allocation of scarce resources such as
  radio frequencies and numbers must be
  earned in an objective, timely, transparent
  and non-discriminatory manner;
• Encourage the usage of digital
  technologies and new modulation
  schemes.

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  Investigating Monitoring and Enforcement

• Monitor and investigate the activities of
  suppliers and enforce sanctions against
  transgressors in terms of the law or terms
  of the applicable licence;
• Be unhesitating in challenging any
  unacceptable conduct on the part of
  market participants.

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             Funding Model
• Effective regulation cannot be accomplished
  without adequate funding
• The attainment of regulatory objectives is
  contingent upon ICASA being able to procure
  skilled professional staff and consulting services
• Funding can be accomplished by allowing a
  defined proportion of revenues from license fees
  to be retained.
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Top Level Organisational Structure
                                                             CHAIRPERSON




                                                                  COUNCIL




    Licensing           Policy, Markets &         Engineering &                  Consumer Affairs             Legal & CCC
                          Competition              Technology                      Z. Masiza /
   M. Mohlala          T.Cohen / R. Nkuna           M. Zokwe                       B. Ntombela              J. Van Rooyen SC




                                                                      CEO



   GM: Licensing                  GM                    GM                                      GM Legal, Consumer &
                            Policy, Markets         Engineering                                         CCC
                            & Competition




      Communications                  GM: Human                       CFO                  Internal               Risk
                                      Resources                      Admin                  Audit              Management
                                                                  Finance & IT
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   ICASA Councillors’
Tasks and Responsibilities



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                   Licensing
• Review existing licence conditions and convert
  to new Broadcasting & Electronics
  Communications licences
• Issue new licences;
• Network Licences
  – Individual & Class
• Service Licences
  – Individual & Class and registration of courier
    companies
  – Exempt
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  Policy Research Markets & Competition
                    (Cont)
• Political, economic, social & technological
  forecasting;
• Research and policy formulation on:
  – Broadcasting, Postal & Communications
    Services and Networks
  – New technologies
  – New services and markets
  – Analysis/intelligence
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Policy Research Markets & Competition

Complete policies and guidelines covering
market analysis and competition,
interconnection, local loop unbundling and
facilities sharing;



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    Policy Research Markets & Competition
                    (Cont)
•   Economic Regulations
•   Competition Regulations
•   Interconnection Regulations
•   Facilities Leasing
•   Tariff Regulations
•   Co-operations with other regulators i.e.
    Competition Commission
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            Legal Services


• Advisory services
• Litigation
• Contract Drafting and Vetting



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         Consumer Affairs
• Monitor compliance with USOs by
  Broadcasting, Postal & Communications
  Services and Networks Licensees
• Develop Consumer Codes of Conduct,
  Quality of Service and Service Charters



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    Consumer Affairs (cont)
• Establishment of Consumer Advisory
  Panel
• Establishing Consumer Code of Conduct
• End-user and subscriber Service Charter
• E-rate
• Emergency services
• Regulations on people with disabilities
  (s70)                                     29
   Consumer Affairs (cont)
• Public education and awareness
• Broadcasting monitoring and enforcement
  i.e. PEB Political Election Broadcasting
• MoU with other institutions
  – Advertising Standards Authority
  – Films and Publications Board
  – Enforcing code of conduct (s55)
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      Complaints & Compliance
            Committee
• Adjudication on Complaints
• Recommendations on Impositions of
  sanctions
• Complaints handling from consumers &
  service providers
• Interconnection and facilities leasing
  dispute resolution
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    Engineering & Technology
• Review terms and conditions of current
  spectrum licences;
• Development of standards and Type
  approval;
• Scarce Resource Regulations;
• Spectrum Management ;
• Local Loop Unbundling
• Relations with International Organizations
  e.g. ITU                                   32

				
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