Lesotho will join the rest of the world in observing the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on the 17th May, 2017. This day has been celebrated annually on the 17th May since 1969, marking the founding of the International Telecommunication Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations on ICTs, and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865.

The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

In 1999, Lesotho adopted the Lesotho Telecommunications Policy, which gave birth to Lesotho Communications Authority, as a regulator of the communications sector in Lesotho. The policy further brought about the liberalisation of communications market by introducing competition from private communications service providers. Before market liberation, operators in the communications sector market were dominated by state-owned entities such as Radio Lesotho, Lesotho Telecommunications Corporation and Lesotho Postal Services. Due to market liberalisation, Lesotho currently has two major network operators; around 25 radio and television licensed operators; one public postal operator and eight private postal and courier operators, and a host of other communications service providers who contribute immensely to the economy of Lesotho.

Message from ITU Secretary-General Statement Mr. Houlin Zhao about the day:

Every year on 17 May, the ITU membership around the world, celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – a day to mark the founding of our Union over 150 years ago.

The theme for 2017 is "Big Data for Big Impact," which will explore the power of big data for development and examine the opportunities to convert unprecedented quantities of data into information that can drive development.

The insight brought about by this analysis of data will enable evidence-based decision-making at national, regional and international levels and help the implementation of all 17 United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

It will also be an occasion to take a closer look at the importance of governance and regulation, and the implications for personal privacy and security given the future exponential growth in data and connectivity.

Countless opportunities will also be identified as we learn to better perfect and harness big data, and understand the impact big data can have as a global good. Activities undertaken by the ITU membership will contribute towards building momentum to embrace big data on a global scale and to seize new opportunities to address development challenges.

No special events are planned in Lesotho on the 17th May 2017. However, the theme of the day, "Big Data for Big Impact," will be celebrated in many events throughout the year.

T. TŠIU
PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER

Lesotho Network Information Centre (LsNIC) is in the process of upgrading how domain registrations operate under .ls and all its second domains.

As part of this process a new registry software will be acquired, which all people who will be doing .ls domain registrations will be using.

Interested persons are hereby invited for a 2-day workshop training on the registry software. This training is intended for people or companies interested in doing domain registrations (on behalf of their customers) once its open.

The training will be held at Lancers Inn on 27th – 28th March 2017.

Interested people should submit their CVs to the following email address not later than 22nd March 2017. Successful candidates will be notified on the 23rd March 2017.
lsadmin@lca.org.ls

1. INVITATION TO APPLY

Acting in accordance with Rule 3 (2) of the Lesotho Communications Authority (Administrative) Rules – Legal Notice No. 77 of 2016, the Authority hereby invites interested entities to apply for individual licences in the categories of Network Services and Network Infrastructure as defined in the Lesotho Communications Authority (Licensing Classification and Fees) Rules – Legal Notice No. 20 of 2013.

2. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND FORMS

Interested entities may obtain application requirements and application forms at the LCA website at www.lca.org.ls or collect hard copy versions at the LCA Licensing Office at the address stated below. Clarifications may be sought from Licensing Section at +266 2222 4300 / 5222 1300 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. SUBMISSION DATE

The closing date for submission of applications is 18th August 2017 at 12:00 Hrs. All applications must be in writing and delivered to:

The Registrar

Lesotho Communications Authority

30 Princess Margaret Road Old Europa,

Maseru Lesotho

Review of Lesotho communications Authority (Licensing Classification and Fees) Rules No. 20 of 2013

Pursuant to Section 5 (1) (c) of the Communications Act No. 4 of 2012, the Lesotho Communications Authority has embarked on a review of the current licensing framework and regulatory fees: Lesotho Communications Authority (Licensing Classification and Fees) Rules No. 20 of 2013 .

The Authority has developed a draft Lesotho Communications Authority (Licensing Classification and Fees) Rules 2018 that is aimed at aligning the regulatory framework with the evolving technology and national developmental imperatives. The draft Rules shall repeal the Lesotho Communications Authority (Licensing Classification Fees) Rules, 2013. The draft Rules shall prescribe the licence classifications and applicable regulatory fees.

The Authority invites comments from the public and all stakeholders on the draft Lesotho Communications Authority (Licensing Classification and Fees) Rules 2018. The draft Rules which are the subject of this consultation process maybe be obtained from the LCA Offices or by downloading it from the LCA website: www.lca.org.ls

Comments on the document may be submitted in writing to:

The Registrar

Lesotho Communications Authority

30 Princess Margaret Road Old Europa,

Maseru Lesotho

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The closing date for submissions is 31st March 2017 at 12:00 hours.

Download the full consultation document here:

Please find below the statement by the Lesotho Communications Authority on broadcasting matters:

Statement by the Lesotho Communications Authority

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Download the Universal Service Fund Strategic Business Plan - 2014-2017 here: