The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) invites all interested stakeholders and the media to the public hearings regarding the eTV submission and presentation to the revised set of Draft Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) regulations that have been published for a final round of public consultation.
The Authority would also like to inform all stakeholders that took part in the 21 – 23 August 2012 public hearings that it has decided to extend the date of their supplementary submissions within seven (7) days after the eTV’s presentation.
The purpose of conducting public hearings is to promote administrative justice in the development of regulations for the electronic communications sector.
There are two main changes to the regulations on which ICASA would particularly like to hear the views of the public. The Authority is proposing to use the second Mobile Digital Terrestrial Television multiplex as a third DTT multiplex during the dual illumination period to accommodate new entrants; and to stimulate the uptake of DTT services, foster content and enhance consumer choice.
This is in response to the Amended Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy of 17 February 2012 in which the Minister of Communications directs ICASA ‘to explore how best to introduce new services and licensees’ while ensuring that the digital migration process gives priority to incumbent broadcasters.
Secondly, the Authority is also proposing the formation of a Digital Television Content Advisory Group to advise on the most effective ways to ensure the supply of digital television content to encourage consumers to acquire set-top boxes in order to begin viewing digital television services.
The Authority has since received twenty (20) submissions from interested parties on the Draft DTT Regulations, seventeen (17) of which have indicated their willingness to make oral representations.
Date: 06 September 2012
Venue: Block C Presentation Room,
164 Katherine Street,
For Enquiries contact: Jubie Matlou – Sen Manager Communications and International Relations
Tel: 011 566 3455
Mobile: 082 376 0015