Comment Sought on Draft Number Portability Regulations

Department of Communications

Draft Number Portability Regulations have been published for comment.

The proposed regulations were drawn up in terms of Section 68 read with Section 4 of the Electronic Communications Act.

The draft regulations are designed to ensure:

•    Effective functionality of number portability;
•    Access and routing of communication despite the number being ported;
•    That number portability occurs in an efficient manner without unreasonable delays or disruption of services; and
•    that they provide mechanisms to address cost allocation and cost recovery among licensees with regard to number portability.

Some of the issues covered include application of number portability, number portability for geographic numbers, number portability for mobile and non-geographic numbers, routing, cost recovery and charging and complaints.

Comment is invited within 30 working days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) has also, in Gazette 41275, announced the expiry of certain individual electronic communications service and individual electronic communications network services licences.

Some of the affected licence holders include Enverge Communications (Pty) Ltd, Powerline Communications (Pty) Ltd and Pluto Internet (Pty) Ltd.

In a separate issue, the communications department has extended the comment period for the Films and Publications Board draft tariffs.

The draft tariffs were first published for comment at the beginning of October 2017.

The aim of the draft tariffs is to ensure that tariffs payable by distributors are justifiable, fair and relevant.

Included in the list is physical content tariffs, split of revenue by client size, online distributor annual licence fees and non-compliance penalty fees.

The closing date for comment is now set at 22 December 2017.

Sabinet Cape Town Office