Posts tagged as broadband

Government unrelenting about wholesale open access network

  Government is unrelenting in its intention to create a wholesale open access network (WOAN).  According to the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, for the first time delegates have supported the introduction of the WOAN and made presentations on how it can be implemented.  This was said at what the department […]

Government set to force implementation of ICT White Paper

  Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday 15 February 2017 during the State of the Nation debate, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele said  that the government will use open access networks and our natural resource, spectrum, as strategic levers to induce real transformation and lowering of barriers to entry for blacks, […]

ICT policy white paper – is it legally flawed?

  The National Integrated ICT Policy white paper, besides many other negative issues, is legally flawed and does not meet the requirements of the Constitution of the country. This is the view of Leon Louw, executive director Free Market Foundation who, with Dobek Pater of Africa Analysis, presented a review of the white paper at […]

South Africa has a new National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper, but …

  South Africa has a new National Integrated ICT Policy – but after four years of drafting it has taken the cabinet six months to approve it which seems to indicate that not everyone in the cabinet is comfortable with the policy. The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele said at a […]

Is government aiming for a national broadband network?

  Is government planning to establish a national broadband network (NBN) for South Africa? This could be the reason why the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) has taken the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to court for initiating an auction for broadband spectrum. While Minister Siyabonga Cwele did not directly speak […]

Developing countries the biggest users of the internet – but 3,9-billion still have no access

  New data released by the International Telecommunicaitons Union (ITU) shows that 3,9-billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the internet, despite falling prices for ICT services. The ITU report “ICT Facts & Figures 2016”  shows that developing countries now account for the vast majority of internet users, with 2,5-billion users compared […]

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