Browsing: Alan Knott-Craig

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Sentech vows to hold on to valuable spectrum

State-owned broadcast signal distributor Sentech has defended its continued ownership of a valuable chunk of radio frequency spectrum needed to provide telecommunications services. This is despite…

Alan Knott-Craig
Why broadband in SA is so expensive

I know that this article is going shock you, but not in the way you expect, so buckle up. I have oversimplified the piece, but its essence is as true as you could wish for. The other day, I found a Telkom — in those days Posts & Telecommunications — internal “newspaper” called Postel, dated December 1982. The front page article — coincidentally written by myself at the time — described a 40% cut in international data communication tariffs based on X.75 packet-switching. Before the 40% cut, it cost, in today’s money, more than R10 000 to send 1MB of data. After the 40% cut, it cost only R6 000/MB — a bargain, with demand exceeding supply

Opinion
The great mobile rip-off

There is a strong case for intervention by Icasa to reduce interconnection charges between mobile operators. Here’s what needs to happen for costs to come down, writes Patricia de Lille

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