Please note: Well after the notice was gazetted, the following questionnaires were posted on the ICASA website for stakeholder input: 

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has gazetted a notice announcing its intention to consult further on matters relating to a subscription television broadcasting market inquiry begun in 2016.

At the time, the inquiry’s purpose was to identify issues underpinning an apparent reluctance by some licensees to commence operations. ‘Sustainability challenges’ were mentioned in that context.

According to ICASA, ‘rapidly changing developments in the market’ deemed ‘critical’ to the process of ‘coming to a finding’ were brought to its attention during public hearings held in January 2021. These developments include internet access, data prices, content, viewership patterns and technology.

Presumably, they were the focus of an additional consultation process begun in May 2022 and now reopened.

At the time of writing, the questionnaires to which ICASA refers in its notice were still not available on the authority’s website.

Published by SA Legal Academy Policy Watch

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