South Africa - Regulation and Spectrum - History

09.04.2019

ICASA published in April 2019 the findings of its inquiry into the deployment of digital radio in South Africa, stating that spectrum scarcity and high transmission costs necessitate the consideration of digital radio. ICASA will develop draft regulation on implementation during the current financial year (2019/20).

DAB was adopted as a South African standard by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in 2005.

ICASA published a draft Terrestrial Broadcasting Frequency Plan 2013. In this document’s Annexure D “DAB Frequency Allotments,” the regulatory authority lays out plans to make room in the broadcast spectrum for digital audio broadcasting (DAB). It appears to have allotted 18 slots for DAB in Band III as the country begins the transition.

 

13.04.2018

ICASA Industry Consultation 2018

South Africa's regulator ICASA has solicited industry responses to its consultation paper on implementing digital radio - the deadline for submissions is early June 2018 - access the full paper here.

DAB was adopted as a South African standard by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in 2005.

ICASA published a draft Terrestrial Broadcasting Frequency Plan 2013. In this document’s Annexure D “DAB Frequency Allotments,” the regulatory authority lays out plans to make room in the broadcast spectrum for digital audio broadcasting (DAB). It appears to have allotted 18 slots for DAB in Band III as the country begins the transition.

The regulatory framework for digital radio in South Africa is currently under development. Recommendations made to the government and regulatory body are available via the website of SADIBA, the Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association.

18.08.2015

ICASA published a draft Terrestrial Broadcasting Frequency Plan 2013. In this document’s Annexure D “DAB Frequency Allotments,” the regulatory authority lays out plans to make room in the broadcast spectrum for digital audio broadcasting (DAB). It appears to have allotted 18 slots for DAB in Band III as the country begins the transition.

The regulatory framework for digital radio in South Africa has yet to be established. The Digital Broadcasting Advisory Body (DBAB) established by the Minister of Communications completed its research into digital radio and digital terrestrial television. The recommendations made to the Minister are available via the website of SADIBA, the Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association that actively supported the above processes, lobbied stakeholders and shared information on systems and standards implemented world-wide.

In 2005 the Minister of Communications established a Digital Broadcasting Migration Working Group, comprising of 
representatives from the broadcasting industry, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), government, civil society, and organised labour and consumer groups. Its aim was to develop recommendations and contribute towards the development of a national strategy for migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting.