Findings Document on ICASA's Priority Markets Project Under Construction

Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

A Findings Document on the Independent Communications Authority’s (ICASA) Priority Markets Project will be released on 31 March 2018.

The intention of the inquiry is to identify priority markets in the electronic communications sector.

The inquiry will consist of a market study, publication of a discussion document, public hearings and publication of a findings document.

ICASA announced its intention to launch the study at the end of June 2017.

In a briefing in parliament on the cost to communicate and spectrum policy, the telecommunications and postal services department indicated that the Findings Document will provide details in terms of the list of markets that are prone to ex ante regulation and a list of priority markets to be subjected to section 67(4) of the Electronic Communications Act.

The deadline for comments was 10 October 2017. A discussion document will now be released for comment.

The department also revealed that the release of interim findings and recommendations designed to attract further submissions on the Competition Commission’s inquiry into data costs was scheduled for April 2018.

The terms of reference for the Data Services Market Inquiry were set down in August 2017.

The aim of the Inquiry is to “understand what factors or features of the market(s) and value chain may cause or lead to high prices for data services, and to make recommendations that would result in lower prices for data services.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office