Attempts to monitor and control the entire market actively stifle competition, reduce quality, raise prices and hamstring technological progress.
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Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni remains convinced that a state-owned network infrastructure company can trump the private sector. She is mistaken.
From electricity to spectrum to water pipes, managers or ministers appointed to fix government services keep running into walls created by decades of neglect.
The solution to all the central-planning madness involved in awarding broadband spectrum in South Africa is simple: make it all tradeable. By Ivo Vegter.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered his communications minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, to bring down mobile data prices by 50% by instituting direct controls on retail prices. This is a grave mistake. By Ivo Vegter.
The latest example of a moribund state-owned enterprise is Sentech. It was once the signal distribution arm of the SABC, but was separated from its parent broadcaster when e-tv was licenced. It was encouraged to expand its lines of business by the former communications minister, Poison
The second GeekRetreat was held last weekend in the picturesque surroundings of Stanford, in the Western Cape. This gathering of technology entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, and venture capitalists is unique in its format and composition
Communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda announced a token cut in peak-time interconnection rates between mobile operators, to take effect in February and March next year. The cut was half as big as the reduction the regulator had earlier contemplated, and off-peak rates weren’t cut at all