ICT white paper a big risk to SA [podcast] - TechCentral

ICT white paper a big risk to SA [podcast]

In this episode of the TechCentral Podcast, Duncan McLeod speaks to Africa Analysis MD Dobek Pater about the ICT policy white paper.

Pater explains why he believes the white paper is a threat to South Africa’s ICT sector, how it could lead to a monopoly over infrastructure (see article) and why, in his view, it requires radical surgery before it can become law.

The discussion ranges from the proposed national wholesale open-access network to plans to allocate all high-demand spectrum to this new operator.

Dobek Pater

Also in the podcast, Pater talks about why he thinks the network neutrality provisions contained in the white paper risk undermining investment and harming consumers. You don’t want to miss this interview.

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5 Comments

  1. The ICT White Papers is right on time. There is a new technology for WOAN. And we have that technology for all of African Market. In the coming next few weeks SA along with other major markets in Africa, will hear much about our Next Generation Technology. Mobile operators have for so long monopolized the market and strangled consumers with no other choices. We are already in talks with several major markets in Africa to deploy this game changing technology that will even the playing field for all players. Those that do not want to get on board will be left behind. Just as people are paying the high cost of fiber being laid and will never be a considerable decrease to consumers who ultimately pay the price. With our completely wireless technology for Wifi and Broadband within the whole country will have access to Internet connection without paying high mobile data charges. Coverage unlike any current technology. No base stations or fiber. With multi functional platforms for Consumer, business broad band, Wifi coverage over entire country. Functions of Maritime Monitoring, E-education, Real time Tele Medicine, Real time border monitoring, Real time Port CCTV monitoring and more. And the economic growth and job creation our technology will create is unlike any other. One platform for Mobile, Broadband, Wifi, can run over a single Wireless Open Access Network. Mobile should be afraid. Because we are coming. Change is always difficult. Especially if you have been monopolizing the market for so long. Now this will even the playing field. Email: tamarean@gmail.com

  2. I think Africa has suffered enough with badly engineered non standardized technologies. Remember, it is GSM that brought telephony to more than 500 million Africans. The trend is your friend and maybe you want to observe the latest GSA information in terms of LTE’s adoption globally…

  3. I do not need to observe GSA or anything. You sound like you work for the mobiles. Change has come. And nothing will stop our new technology the will be the standard for the 1.1 billion on the African continent. I am not concerned with what goes on in the U.S. only on this continent. African people the majority have been getting fleeced for the last 20+ years with no alternative to these mobiles. Well Barry it’s here. And there will be no questions once its launched. This is for the people Coverage everywhere. Fiber obsolete, Mobile voice done, mobile. Now we will change the game for the next 30+ years. We are not in business to compete. We create, and those that want to stay in the past. That their choice. But now the train has left the station. And if anyone decides to step in it path. Well you know what’s going to happen.

  4. By all means please do share your LinkedIn handle/URL. I would love to follow development of this venture. Don’t get me wrong – any attempt to connect the unconnected serves a common African upliftment purpose and cannot be disregarded…

  5. peter coetzee on

    Hi Barry, whats your email address? I need your advice on something network related. 🙂