Regulation

Nov 06, 2019  |  Zimbabwe: POTRAZ Gives Green Light To Mobile Tariff Hikes

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has given the green light to an upward 95,39 percent data, voice and SMS tariff adjustment for both fixed and mobile network operators as previous tariffs were destroyed by severe inflationary ...


Oct 24, 2019  |  Uganda: UCC Proposes Revised Regulation Of OTT Services

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has suggested the improvement of regulation of over the top services (OTT) such as Twitter and Facebook to support investment in the sector. At the international preparatory meeting that was hosted recently by the UCC ...


Oct 10, 2019  |  ATCON Calls For No Tax On GSM, Cable TV Subscriptions In Nigeria

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), the umbrella organisation for telecoms companies in Nigeria has called for the federal government to drop the bill seeking to collect communication services tax (CST or levy) on fees payable by the ...


Oct 09, 2019  |  South Africa’s Film And Publication Board Guns For Netflix -Reports

South Africa’s Film and Publication Board (FPB) has announced that the newly passed Films and Publications Amendment Bill will allow it to take action against distributors who don’t comply with its regulations. While it doesn’t name Netflix directly, the international ...


Tanzania’s TCRA Threatens To Disconnect 39 Million Mobile Phone Subscribers

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has threatened to disconnect more than 39 million mobile phone subscribers who still have not registered their SIM cards via the country’s compulsory biometric system by 31st December 2019. According to the Tanzanian regulator, ...

Regulator Cancels Licence Of Vodafone Franchise Holder In Zambia

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority has released a statement announcing that Vodafone Zambia would cease to operate as from 20 October 2019.  Zambia’s communications regulator said on Thursday last week that it had cancelled the licence for Vodafone’s ...

South Africa: ICASA Fines MTN Over WhatsApp Bundle Hike

South Africa's telecoms regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), has slapped MTN with a $336 000 fine for failing to comply with the law when it hiked the price of one of its data plans. However, $135 ...

NCC Makes Plans To Protect Nigeria From Cyber Attacks

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has announced plans to establish mechanisms that will control the use of the internet to protect the country’s cyberspace against attacks. The Commission said that the move is mainly aimed at protecting children from dangerous ...

DG Of Nigerian Copyright Commission Initiates Anti-Piracy Surveillance

John Ohi Asein, the Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), has initiated a ground-breaking operational strategy for the Commission, named Staff Neighbourhood Anti-piracy Surveillance (SNAPS). At a recent meeting with industry stakeholders, the Director-General stated that under SNAPS, all staff ...

Nigerian Copyright Commission Board Takes Up New Operational Strategy

The new Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has confirmed its commitment to managing dynamic operational strategies to position the Commission to effectively carry out its statutory mandates that are under the Copyright Act. Addressing the media during ...

Kenya Revenue Authority Announces Plans To Potentially Tax Netflix And Other OTT Businesses

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is preparing a policy that could tax Over-The-Top (OTT) non-resident subscription-based services, such as Netflix and Hulu, that charge users on a monthly basis. Speaking at an online tax forum hosted by the KRA, Githinji ...

Nigerian Copyright Commission Calls For More Effective Legal Framework To Protect Sports Rights

Recently in Abuja, Nigeria, the Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), John Asein said that in order for the full potential of the sporting and other related industries to be achieved, countries must have adequate, effective and responsive legal ...

MultiChoice Group Lists On JSE Amidst Compliance Complaint

The MultiChoice Group listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on Wednesday 27 February with a market capitalisation of over $3 billion. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) issued a statement hours later saying that it is concerned ...

MTN SA In Hot Water With ICASA Over Unregulated WhatsApp Bundle Price Change

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s Complaints and Compliance Committee is scheduled to hold public hearings around MTN’s alleged violation of Regulation 9 of the Standard Terms and Conditions. The regulator stated that the company neglected to notify ...