Deal with unlicensed broadband providers, ICASA told

The Wireless Access Providers' Association (WAPA) calls on ICASA to deal with unlicensed telecoms providers

By - August 24, 2010
Deal with unlicensed broadband providers, ICASA told

The Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) is calling upon the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to take urgent steps to address the high numbers of unlicensed providers of Internet and other electronic communications services in South Africa. WAPA estimates that there are more than 500 such operators in South Africa.

“It is a relatively straightforward and inexpensive process for a provider to obtain the necessary licensing which will permit it to provide services lawfully in South Africa” says Sumaiyah Makda of Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions, regulatory advisors to WAPA.

Attempts to work with regional offices of ICASA have met with mixed results. “In some cases the response has been that the unlicensed provider will be given 12 months within which to apply for licences and in most others no action has been taken at all”, says Makda.

“This seems to ignore the fact that providing electronic communications services or network services without valid licences issued by ICASA is a criminal offence under the Electronic Communications Act of 2005. ICASA is also entitled to confiscate or seal equipment which is being used for illegal service provision.”

WAPA currently has 94 members, all of whom are licensed providers of wireless access services to consumers in South Africa. Members are bound by a Code of Conduct which governs their interaction with their subscribers and other providers as well as requiring them to be compliant with ICASA regulation.

“WAPA wishes to urge ICASA to beef up its efforts to curtail illegal service provision and points out that unlicensed providers are competing unfairly in that they are not paying annual licence fees or contributions to the Universal Service and Access Fund as required by ICASA. Nor are such providers observing the consumer protection regulations which ICASA has put in place,” WAPA said in a press statement.

WAPA said that it offers assistance to unlicensed providers who wish to legitimise their operations, and advised such companies to visit http://www.wapa.org.za/members/join-wapa/ and http://www.ellipsis.co.za/wapa-regulatory-guide-to-starting-a-wisp/

Unlicensed wireless providers << comments and views

 

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

What is the most important aspect of a mobile service to you?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Eskom starts massive maintenance drive, keeps load shedding at bay

Eskom switch

Eskom has so far kept the weekend free of power cuts as it started a massive maintenance drive to improve the performance and reliability of its power generating units.

How much pirates will pay for illegally downloading movies

Movie piracy

Nearly 5,000 Internet users are expected to receive letters in the near future asking them some pointed questions about their online downloading habits.

Thumbnail wireless track pad

Thumbnail track pad

A new wearable device, NailO, turns the user’s thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad, writes Larry Hardesty from MIT.

Most pirated movies on BitTorrent

Pirate flag loading screen (Black Flag site)

Furious 7, Interstellar, and Taken 3 hold onto the top 3 spots in TorrentFreak’s most pirated movies on BitTorrent chart

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
X
bool(true)