The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see both regulators collaborating and sharing ideas on matters of mutual interest.
The MOU was signed virtually by both regulators on Thursday, 8 April 2021 at
The MOU is a non-binding framework to facilitate the exchange of ideas in the field of telecommunications regulation and policy for the mutual benefit of the two regulators.
“This is a momentous collaboration that illustrates the confidence that our global
counterparts have in ICASA. This collaboration places the Authority on solid ground
to achieve international best practices, cutting-edge regulatory approaches and
further validates South Africa’s standing in the global ICT arena,” notes ICASA
Chairperson, Dr. Keabetswe Modimoeng.
The two regulators have further agreed to carry out a programme of information
exchange and technical cooperation in the field of telecommunications and related
services and facilities, in accordance with their respective national laws, regulations
and international obligations, and within the framework of their respective annual
budgetary appropriations and their respective mandates.
“So much can be accomplished through cooperation and the mutually respectful sharing of knowledge and experience. Today, I’m proud to have formalized our partnership with our friends in South Africa on issues of telecommunications policy, competitive markets, technological innovation, and closing the digital divide in both countries,” says FCC Acting Chairwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel.
“I thank Dr. Modimoeng for his leadership and partnership and look
forward to further exchanges with ICASA.”
Following the signing, Dr. Modimoeng said that ICASA is looking forward to drawing
lessons from the FCC, whilst also sharing the African, and in particular, the South
African regulatory context, experience and lessons with the United States.