Parliament of the Republic of South Africa Public Hearings on: Interception & Monitoring Bill 2001 Submissions By Cell C (Pty) Limited August 30, 2001. Cell C representatives. Zwelakhe Mankazana Director Zeona Motshabi Head of Corporate Communications
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Public Hearings on:
Interception & Monitoring Bill 2001
Cell C (Pty) Limited
August 30, 2001
Cell C (Pty) Limited
Rights and Obligations
Technical / Compliance Considerations
Effect of Legislation on Cell C
Recommendations and Concluding Remarks
Cell C is a newly licensed cellular mobile operator and is under-going the process of preparing for its commercial launch into a market with 2 well-established cellular mobile operators.
Cell C will initially offer its services through a combination of its own rolled-out network and through a roaming agreement with Vodacom.
Cell C is is 40% owned by CellSAf a consortium of Black Empowerment Groups and 60% by Oger Telecom, which carries the risk for 100% of Cell C’s startup finances. CellSAf remains liable for 40% of the investment required in Cell C.
Cell C has given the Bill consideration from both the perspective of how Cell C as a private cellular mobile operator and service provider is affected and from the perspective of its customers
Cell C concluded that the Bill in its current form is deficient in that it:
Cell C recognises that there are situations where the public interest demands that interception and monitoring of private communications be permitted to prevent or prosecute serious crimes or to protect the security of the country
The Telecommunications Act 1996 and the mobile service licence granted to Cell C (as with all such licences), place an obligation on Cell C to preserve the privacy of communications on its network, which obligation has to be balanced against the purposes sought to be achieved the Bill.
The Bill of Rights confers on citizens the following:
Constitution of the
Republic of South Africa
and Cell C Licence
The Bill places a high burden of responsibility, costs, technical-requirements on existing responsibilities of the licensee ( a private “legal person”).
This burden of responsibility on the private “person” must be limited as much as possible
The right to call for costs should carry with it the obligation of prudent financial consideration
Mass Market Uses
Data Transmission Speed - k bps
Video Mail, Travel
Weather, Traffic, News,
Sports, Stock updates
Voice-driven Web Pages
Cell C is controlled by a consortium of 40% Black Empowerment group and 60% by Oger Telecom. Jointly the parties will invest $650m over the next 5 to 6 years.
Cell C has budgeted to:
Cell C relies on current and future operations (e.g 2.5 G) to fund these commitments
Cell C has not budgeted for monitoring and interception infrastructure .