Posts tagged as Doc

High demand spectrum policy – WOAN stays, 5G on hold

Government remains married to the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) despite the opposition it received from all quarters when the concept was first published in the National Integrated ICT Policy White paper in 2016. The WOAN concept has, to date, not been successfully implemented anywhere in the world and countries like Australia and Russia abandoned […]

Back to one communications ministry

The announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and the Department of Communications (DoC) will be merged into one ministry did not come as a surprise. It has been on the cards since the State of the Nation address earlier in 2018. The questions remain: when will the […]

MTN champions LTE in rural South Africa

MTN has become the first mobile operator to give 90% of South Africans access to long-term evolution (LTE/4G) coverage through the development of its 11 000th LTE site in the heartland of the Eastern Cape. This significant landmark site in Qatywa near the birthplace of former president, Nelson Mandela, shows that the extensive LTE rollout has […]

Government urged to merge DTPS and DoC

Delivering the keynote address the FTTX annual conference in Durban, FTTX Council president, Andile Ngcaba told the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal services that government should merge the Department of Telecommunications and Postal services (DTPS) and the Department of Communications (DOC) back into one department. He addressed his remarks directly to Dr Cwele who was […]

Controversial bill back for discussion

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and industry stakeholders met in early March 2018 in a stakeholder consultation workshop. DTPS director general, Robert Nkuna, said that one of the main reasons for public consultation was to assess socio-economic benefits of the Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill and evaluate which proposals are workable. “At […]

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 […]