Posts tagged as DTPS

Virtual panel discussion: Data must fall

  For some time now there has been outrage at the price of mobile data. The Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele,  has asked the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to take steps to ensure that regulations to promote more competition in the market are introduced. He also suggested that the […]

2016 – a year of disruptions

  In the current South African communications context disruptions can have both negative and positive outcomes. Cell C’s introduction of WiFi Calling enabled a simple and cost efficient way to extend operator voice coverage and introduced a more affordable way to communicate when travelling abroad. Technically it may not be a major breakthrough, as it […]

ICASA bullish about White Paper

  The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) came out strong against some of the policies proposed in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper. Presenting the Annual Performance plan at the ICASA Stakeholder Engagement meeting on 20 October 2016, chief executive officer, Col. Pakamile Pongwana, said the proposals take South Africa back to […]

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 […]

Another delay in broadband. Minister takes ICASA to court

  The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is in hot water with the Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services over its recent publication of a government gazette inviting companies to make bids in broadband spectrum auctions.  The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, after considering the Invitation to Apply (ITA) […]

DTPS signs capacity building agreement for broadband rollout

  The Minster of Telecommunication and Postal Service, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, has signed a capacity building agreement with China’s Huawei. The agreement is aimed at sharing information, expertise, experience and technical assistance among different communication structures Dr. Cwele said that cooperation with Huawei will support the department’s boadband rollout strategies and the lowering of the cost to communicate.  […]

WRC19 – industry must make its voice heard

With the 2015 International Telecommunications Union (ITU) World Radio Conference (WRC15) having completed its work late last year, the wheels have already been set into motion to start preparing for the next conference, WRC19.   The Department of Telecommunication and Postal services (DTPS) held a WRC-15  debriefing meeting in Pretoria on 9 June 2016 to share […]

SONA lip service to broadband

The President, Jacob Zuma, has again failed to make any meaningful statement in his 2016 State of the Nation address (SONA) about the roll out of broadband. In his 2015 address he said “The year 2015 will mark the beginning of the first phase of broadband rollout. Government will connect offices in eight district municipalities” […]