Browsing: Alec Erwin

Duncan McLeod
ANC has left a rotten legacy in ICT

The publication this week of the deeply problematic national integrated ICT policy white paper is just the latest episode in 22 years of ANC policy making that has left a rotten legacy for the sector. The industry has made progress in the

Telkom walks away from Infraco

Telkom has walked away from talks to buy state-owned telecommunications infrastructure provider Broadband Infraco, TechCentral has learnt. According to a well-placed source, the parties could not…

Telkom, Infraco in talks: report

Telkom and Broadband Infraco are in talks over “possible collaboration” as government moves to minimise duplication between state-owned enterprises. Telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele said

Big question mark over Broadband Infraco

Broadband Infraco appears to be in limbo. After national treasury made no mention of the state-owned telecommunications company in its latest budget vote allocations, an Infraco spokesman has downplayed industry talk that it will soon be put up for sale. “Broadband

Cwele to have oversight of Infraco

Broadband Infraco will no longer report into the department of public enterprises. Instead, the department of telecommunications and postal services (formerly known as the department of communications) will have oversight responsibility. It’s not known if the changes in reporting have been implemented

Duncan McLeod
Zuma leaves ICT policy in a vacuum

It’s been more than six weeks since the election and nearly a month since President Jacob Zuma stunned the information and communications technology industry by dumping his hardworking communications minister, Yunus Carrim, and splitting the communications portfolio in two. Since then, there has been

Carrim’s communist ties worry DA

Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn says fired communications minister Dina Pule won’t be missed by the technology sector, but the communist sympathies of her successor, Yunus Carrim, could prove problematic in a sector that thrives on openness and liberalisation. It could

Infraco improves financial position

State-owned telecommunications infrastructure company Broadband Infraco has reduced its net losses in the 2012 financial year ended 31 March 2012, reporting a loss for the year of R95m against a loss of R206m in the 2011 financial year.


Duncan McLeod
Government’s wrong call on Telkom

Government first raised the idea of a deal between Telkom and Korea’s KT Corp. So, last week’s decision by cabinet not to support the transaction comes as a surprise and a setback for the JSE-listed company and raises serious concerns for shareholders and

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