Excellent news Alan! At last South Africa is setting an example that others
can follow ;-)
On 2/9/04 7:05 PM, "Alan Levin" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> fyi.... from SA
> VOIP to be legal at last
> BY PAUL VECCHIATTO AND RODNEY WEIDEMANN
> [Johannesburg, 2 September 2004] - Communications Minister Ivy
> Matsepe-Casaburri announced today that as of 1 February next year,
> value added network service (VANS) providers will be allowed to carry
> voice using any protocol.
> This means that thanks to the changes made to the Telecommunications
> Act, the long-awaited legalisation of voice-over IP will finally be
> realised early next year.
> ≥Because of technological developments, there is no longer any
> difference in the transmission of voice, video and data, therefore it
> is no longer necessary to prohibit the provision of voice by VANS,≤
> says Matsepe-Casaburri.
> Another change allows for self-provision and greater choice for mobile
> operators, which may now utilise any fixed lines that may be required
> for the provision of the service, including fixed lines made available
> by Telkom or any other person providing a public switched
> telecommunication service.
> Other changes include:
> * Provision of public pay phones. Any person may now apply for a
> licence to provide public pay phone services in any area of the
> republic. ≥The department is considering the removal of licensing
> requirements to provide these services.≤
> * Cession of telecommunications services via VANS. From next year, a
> person who provides a value added network service shall be entitled to
> cede or assign the right to use, or to sublet or part with control or
> otherwise dispose of the telecommunications facilities used for the
> provision of the value added network service.
> * Private telecommunications network operators shall be entitled to
> resell spare capacity and facilities or to cede or assign his or her
> rights to use such facilities or to sublet or otherwise part with
> control thereof. The minister says allowing these facilities to be
> resold would promote optimal usage of the total telecommunications
> infrastructure in SA and increase access to communities and consumers.
> * As from 18 January 2005, public schools and further education
> training institutions will be entitled to a 50% discount on: all
> telecommunications calls to an Internet Service Provider, any
> connection or similar fees or charges levied by an ISP for accessing
> the Internet or transmitting and receiving any signals via the Internet
> or for such access and transmission and reception.
> Minister Matesepe-Casaburrri says further policy announcements will be
> made in October. These will address the issue of service-based licences
> to be operational by May 2005, the remaining underserviced area
> licence, the SNO, the convergence bill and the ICT BEE Charter.
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