Posts tagged as DTPS

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 […]

Coordination needed between electro-technical regulation bodies

When the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) recently held a hearing on their proposed conformity assessment framework, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS) presented its views and expressed grave concerns over the duplication that exists in government in terms of conformity assessments procedures for the electro-technical sector, basically having three agencies trying […]

The radio spectrum conundrum

Are you confused about where South Africa stands with access to affordable broadband and allocation of radio frequency spectrum? Not surprising: we have gone a full circle in the space of two years but still do not have radio spectrum allocated to enable the mobile operators and other entities to roll out more affordable broadband […]

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 […]

CSIR WOAN report and revised ECA bill to go to parliament

The cabinet has approved the study conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to determine the spectrum requirements for the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) as envisaged in the Integrated ICT Policy white paper. The white paper was approved by the cabinet in September 2016 but was opposed by many sectors of […]